September 7, 2017
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
"Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch."
Simon said in reply,
"Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets."
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing. (Lk 5:4-6)
From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you
and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord… (Col 1:9-10)
My dearest brothers and sisters,
Our Lord is a God beyond a rigid logic: who would expect David to overcome Goliath? or to catch fish in water that has, for hours, demonstrated its fish-lessness? or the crucifying of himself incarnate, after he took on flesh through the physicality of a woman?
The ways by which God exists beyond the rigidity of logic do not become perceptible to us with all of their divine rationality until the Lord himself gives us all spiritual wisdom and understanding, his very eyes to see—to look at the greatness of the divine intellect, which surpasses all human grasping, and to not be surprised when, with a single touch of his lips to the human soul, with a single move of his will, the Lord can bridge an uncreated world with a created one, can impregnate a woman long past the age of maternity, can raise up the dead and heal the sick in body and soul and heart.
We hurt the heart of our Lord when we are unwilling to ask for the impossible, the infinite, the closest encounter with his uncreated self—when we are unwilling to pray, and to receive the content of, a single plea: Papa! Jesus, you who are Son! Holy Spirit, you who breathe life! You made us to be lovers, and lovers are unsatisfied until they can return love proportionately—so, because you are infinite, because you surpass everything I myself can know, with your beauty and goodness and power, your breadth and depth and length and height, give me your very love, so that I may love you with your own infinity, gift uncreated.