Friday, October 19, 2012

Love, Consume Me!

What is it to love You, my God, with pure and holy abandon?  I want to be able to say Your love is better than sex and food and sight, and to say it whole-heartedly, joyfully, so consumed with Your love that I give no mind to weak and twisted perceptions of my flesh which cannot conceive of a love that is pure and reckless, holy and passionately abandoned.  Yet You can both fill me with such love and renew my understanding that I may see as You see and forget utterly my sinful self.  This is why I can say with confidence that Your love, my King, brings greater joy, pleasure, and satisfaction than anything in this world and it is what I long for.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Colossians 2: United in Love

"My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
Colossians 2:2-3
Very interesting in light of Church history (which I have been studying) and all the arguments and schisms and heresy.  But we are told to be united in love, indicating that this unity of love confers the full riches of understanding.  That is, to know Christ who is the Mystery of God revealed, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Not some, but all.  How petty then are all arguments over points of knowledge, another instance of addressing symptoms rather than source.  Greatest love given rightly makes all other goods fall into place.  If we wish to know, to have the riches and knowledge, it is found in all its fullness in Christ and also abounds to us as a consequence of love.  Knowledge itself is not our greatest goal, but comes packaged with love.  "I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments" (v.4).  For the unity of the Church -- which we ought to desire, Jesus prayed for it -- our aim is not same knowledge but same love.  If we are united in love, unity in knowledge, in all wisdom will follow.  Make our joy complete by having the same love!  "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up" (1 Corinthians 8:1).