My friend and mentor, Larry Gillick S.J., writes for Creighton University’s Daily Reflections every Sunday. I always read him because, most often, he is wiser and more insightful than the priest who preaches at the Mass I attend (and sometimes that priest is me…)
This past Sunday, I was particularly struck by this:
St. Augustine reflects that God is more intimate, or present to us, than we are to ourselves. If we believe that God is love and that this is the most basic truth of God, then we hold that God’s love is where I am most humanly me.
To pray is to be attentive to where God is already present. We do not have to ask God to be near or aware. We have to ask ourselves to be more present and real where God’s love is already meeting, embracing and enlivening us.
I find the idea of God being more present to me than I am to myself both startling and appealing. “God’s love is where I am most humanly me.” God is with me in my failures, my worries and my doubts as well as in my moments of joy and laughter. Food for thought, eh?