Gleanings: Where It All Begins

Over against a pseudo spirituality that shifts the emphasis from God to us, Richard Rohr reminds us where it all begins…

God is always the initiator, God is the doer, God is the one who seduces us. All we can do is respond in kind and, exactly as Meister Eckhart said, “The love by which we love God is the very same love with which God has first loved us.”

The mystics’ overwhelming experience is this full-body blow of the Divine loving them, God radically accepting them. And they spend the rest of their life trying to verbalize that experience, and invariably finding ways to give that love back through forms of service, compassion and non-stop worship. But none of this is to earn God’s love; it’s always and only to return God’s love. Love is repaid by love alone.  (e-letter, Feb 11, 2013)

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Gleanings: Where It All Begins

  1. Patrick says:

    Well said. It is the endless pursuit of eternal love after having been swept off your feet or maybe put back on your feet in a figurative way. A reliving of something that you can’t explain but are willing to sacrifice everything you know to try to, so that prayerfully, others will have to opportunity to hear the hello that says good morning to the world each and every day as it awakens to the gift of life, a new beginning, a new opportunity after a time of resting in his care. It challenges us to go looking for him but at the same time we must realize that we have to begin the quest by looking through ourselves if we are to find him. When we do there he will be showing me who I am, who my neighbor is, and who He is. Just as we find rest in his care we will find all the other answers we need as we try to arrange our lives to the life of Jesus and live as he did in the fellowship of the Father.

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