Thursday, March 14, 2013

thoughts of God

Exodus 32:7-14; Remember us O lord as you favor your people John 5:31-47

Here is an interesting thought line from Albert Einstein, a bit of a glimpse into the madness that was a genius:

"I'm not much with people, and I'm not a family man. I want my peace. I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.

I want t know his thoughts and the rest are details. 

Interesting line of thinking that I can not but be fascinated with.  To know the thoughts of God is certainly a worthy endeavor for anyone, most especially a scientist.  I wonder what most scientist are after today, perhaps they are busy chasing their own thoughts rather than the thoughts of God, at least this is what it seems as you ponder some of their rantings and ramblings. 

But to know the thoughts of God is a noble quest.  The question remains is it attainable. 
What does God think about?  

The readings for today are an insight into the mind of God, as are most of the readings from sacred scripture. 

Sometimes seeing the thoughts of God aren't what we are ready for: 

from the first reading

"I see how stiff-necked this people is.  Let me alone, then, that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.  Then I will make of you a great nation."

OF course every gospel passage points toward the thinking of God as we listen to the words of JEsus and see how he interacts.  

Most importantly the words of Christ in today's gospel: "but you do not want to come to me to have life."

There it is, kind of the bottom line of all the thoughts of God.  

To come to Jesus to have life. 

The very gravitational pull of our lives that keeps us in orbit.  He pulls us to himself, we can resist, we can run, we can refuse, but the invitation and the call remain.

I want to know the thoughts of God and the rest are details.  

Now don't neglect the details for it is there we build a life; it is there that the thoughts of God purify our thoughts and give direction to our steps daily. 

The details make all the difference.  The details reveal to us the abundance of life and the fullness of joy. 
In the details we either draw close to Christ or keep him at arm's length. 

Lent is to examine this relationship and to move a little closer to the one who offers life.

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