Monday, 23 May 2011

Immersed in Divine Fire!

It is God’s nature to love, to give, to pour out in self-abandon.

If you forgive a Franciscan quoting a Dominican, the Dominican mystic Henry Suso, used an unusual image.  

“God is so joyful he completely pours out his nature. If one were to let a horse run about in a green meadow, it would be the horse’s very nature to pour forth its whole being in running and leaping about the meadow. In the same way, it is a joy to God, a delight for him to pour out his nature and his being completely.” 

The immense river of life and goodness flowing from the communion that is God is the source of our creation; it is the source of the gift of Christ for our redemption and the gift of the Holy Spirit for our divinisation. We are, all of us, the recipients of divine generosity, divine fire.

I say this because I was struck by a few lines of the  Second Letter of Peter, by its tone of sure hope in God’s boundless goodness. We are told: “By His divine power, God has given us all the things we need for life and true devotion.” There is more – “By making these gifts, God has also given us the guarantee of something very great and wonderful to come: through them you will be able to share in the divine nature.”

How greatly blessed we already are!

Do you see the awesome dignity we called to  - a sharing in God’s own nature. The interior mystery of the Trinity becoming the mystery of our personal lives.

Today, we are invited to live from this truth: so beloved we are exalted to the heights,  immersed in divine fire.