Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Free Relationship

A friend recently sent us these lines by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:  

The bee knows the secret of its beehive, the ant knows the secret of its anthill, but man does not know his own secret - the structure of a human being is a free relationship with the infinite, and therefore, it has not limits.  It bursts through the walls of any place within which one would want to restrain it.

God calls to us, beckons us into himself, into his heart, into the limitless possibility of receiving all and giving all. Perhaps this is what Jesus refers to when he tells us to be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect. Jesus longs to draw us into a surpassing, loving-kindness that lets us be loved and in turn open our hearts to love as perhaps we thought impossible- to let our love fall "like rain on the just and the unjust." Jesus envisions the real possibility for us of a free intimate relationship with the infinite God for whom all things are possible.

Photograph by Charles O'Connor.