July 10, 2008
The word comfort has an ambiguous ring to you. The desire to be comforted can seem babyish, as if refusing the tough challenges of life in work or even sports. Yet the “giving of comfort” always sounds maternal in a positive way.
To prepare you for heaven, then, We simultaneously wean you from too human a need for earthly comforts, and attach you to spiritual comfort.
What is spiritual comfort? It can come from Divine grace pouring into your souls, but it can also come from the hope of Our approval for your righteousness when you chose the good, often at some sacrifice. This comes from Our paternal justice.
All this is part of the drama of life. Part of heaven will be to know how it all worked. Will you let the richness of all these elements of life give you hope?
“We now see through a glass darkly.”
There is a good security. Think of “the house built on good foundations,” being with people you trust because they are honest and responsible; sound investments, hard earned savings.
This is good, but there is something better: the security of being saved by God’s all understanding love. In this sense mercy is safer than justice, for “who can ransom his own soul?” even with piles of merit?
So much of the gospel is about letting go of earthly security, the “stocking up stuff in barns” for a non-existent future.
Come! Let yourself be saved.
Beware of circling around stale self-justifying thoughts. Such repetition is very different from the wholesome cycle of nature or the rhythm of daily activities which brings peace. Insight comes when you let the rays of Trinitarian light into the darkness of mind that comes with the Fall.
The Gospels are full of parables about such breakthroughs: the Prodigal son; and encounters with real people such as the woman at the well. The Good News According to _____________(your name) could be written about such moments of turning.
Simplicity of life should lead to less rush and pressure with more room to receive fresh insight. Even in physical pain, disappointment, or loss, be open to the Spirit of Truth for unexpected light.