Today’s Readings – January 1, 2013
As proof that you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a son,
and if a son then also an heir, through God. (Gal 4:4-7)
There is so much joy in this, Lord! Why don’t more people rejoice? Here we are told, that you, Heavenly Father, have adopted us as sons and daughters, inheritors of a kingdom beyond our wildest imaginations. And yet, we whine and complain. We are like a stockbroker who still complains about a bad day’s trade even after finding out she owns all of Warren Buffet’s wealth. We are like a man who is still insecure about his looks even after knowing he has the unconditional love of a beautiful woman. We are still angry, still greedy, still hungry, still lonely, still needy… even though we are heirs.
It’s my pride, Jesus. It’s my attachments, as De Mello says. I’ve been programmed to want the wrong things. The desire for infinite happiness was planted by you, God, and we will find no rest until we find an infinite source of happiness. I know it’s you, but I need help to feel it, to desire it above all things. To desire you.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…