Pondering for Saturday, March 4, 2023

Daily Office Readings for Saturday of the First Week of Lent: Year 1

Morning, Psalm 55; Evening, Psalms 138 and 139:1-17;  
Deuteronomy 11:18 to 28Hebrews 5:1 to 10John 4:1 to 26 

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  (John 4:24)

For me, this verse is the most profound in all Scripture, and that is, that God is Spirit, not male or female. God is not only beyond any human identifier, God is beyond anything we can begin to understand. Anselm, (Archbishop of Canterbury 1109), rightly proclaimed, “God is that than which nothing greater can be thought.” Anselm is so correct. I think we are so proud of God’s creation of us, that we began to think God was looking in a mirror in creating us. I don’t think so.

I believe the Spirit of God was patient enough to see how the God-Spirit host would evolve and then, in the fullness of time, God would come among us regardless of what we look like, or how many variations we are. It’s weird I know. And while none of us can capture the concept of God, as Anselm informs us, that also means none of us can be refuted. First and foremost, “God is Spirit, and those who worship [God] must worship in spirit and truth,” to the very best of our ability.

I read many different daily readings from the Saints of God. One such is “Readings fro the Daily Office from the Early Church” by J Robert Wright (1991)  For yesterday, Friday, He featured “A reading from a commentary on the Song of Songs by Gregory: Bishop of Nyssa [c. 394]. The opening of  this article reads:

“No one who has given thought to the way we talk about God can adequately grasp the terms pertaining to God.  “Mother,” for example, is mentioned [in the Song of Songs 3:11] instead of “father.” Both terms mean the same, because there is neither male nor female in God.  How, after all, could anything transitory like this be attributed to the Deity, when this is not permanent even for us human beings, since when we all become one in Christ we are divested of the signs of this difference along with the whole of our old humanity?”  (p. 132)

You have no idea how good it feels when a person of strong faith and intellect, from so long ago, shares my exact beliefs about our Creator. I will never cease from pondering.

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine and Russia.

As we listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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