суббота, 2 апреля 2011 г.
not darkened but inspired by this pain
What is there in sin which should cause us such broken-heartedness
that all our life should be – not darkened but inspired by this pain
in our hearts? We tend to define sin as breaking of the moral law, or
acting in a way which is contrary to our duty or to what is right, but
there is something more fundamental in sin, which should indeed cause
us sadness and more than sadness: a deep pain.
Sin is disloyalty, sin is unfaithfulness; it is unfaithfulness and
disloyalty towards God because it means that whatever He says matters
little to us, although when He spoke to us, He spoke with all His
human love and all His love divine; and indeed, to show us how much we
matter to Him, how deeply He values us, He gave all of His life and
all of His death to save us, and for us to believe in love divine!
To sin means to turn away from One who loves us unto life and unto
death; and it means by implication that His life and death are too
little for us, too little for us to respond by love, to respond by
faithfulness and loyalty. Indeed, this attitude results in our
breaking in a multitude of ways those laws of life which are conducive
to life eternal; those laws of life that would make us truly,
perfectly human in the way in which Christ was perfectly human, in the
total harmony between God and us.
It is not in vain that Christ says today in the Gospel, “This demon,
this spirit is cast out only by prayer and by fasting”: fasting, in
the sense of turning away from all those things which are beguilement,
which take us away from love, from loyalty, from faithfulness, from
integrity, that destroy our wholeness; and prayer, as communion with
the Living God, who is love, and in whom alone we can find the
strength and power to love.