Living a Good Life...where do we start?
What happens when that God invites us to respond to what God has done? Our instinct is to match that God’s expectations. We don’t want to fall out with God. The Christian life, then, is about watching for potholes, keeping on side with God, not breaking the law. Basically, avoid sin. ‘You can’t be too careful!’ Its motto? ‘If I am good, God will love me.’
Let’s take the after or future aspect, what we have been called to change to?
For hundreds of years many people lived fruitful, holy lives despite the dominant image of God as an angry judge. The Spirit of God works despite us, our images, and our systems.
Many people, in their personal lives and devotional practices [especially to Mary], were drawn into, and nourished by, another way of seeing God. This is the God who is all loving. With this God, love and compassion just bubble over almost as if God cannot help it.
God enters our world to save us but from what ?
Sebastian Moore, OSB suggests that it is from being afraid to truly accept that : that we are loved and loveable. In that fear are the roots of sin. All this God wants of us is that we allow ourselves to be loved and accept the gift being loved by God. Once we let that happen, then we appreciate that the gift is also an invitation..
Notes by Father Tom Ryan sm