This is an excellent meditation by Richard Rohr—Rohr reminds us that “God doesn’t love us because we are good, God loves us because God is good."
We can't seem to know the good news that we are God's beloveds on our own. It has to be mirrored to us. We're essentially social beings. Another has to tell us we are beloved and good. Within contemplative prayer, we present ourselves for the ultimate gaze, the ultimate mirroring. Before this gaze of Love, we gradually disrobe and allow ourselves to be seen, to be known in every nook and cranny, nothing hidden, nothing denied, nothing disguised. It's like lovemaking. The wonderful thing is, after a while, we feel so safe that we know we don't have to pretend or disguise any more. We don't have to put on any kind of costume.
Letting your naked self be known by God is always to recognize your need for mercy and your own utter inadequacy and littleness. You realize that even the best things you've done have often been for mixed and selfish motives, not really for love. The saints often weep in the middle of prayer because they recognize how tiny they are in the presence of such Infinity. Your need for mercy draws you close to God. It's a wonderful and humiliating experience. Within contemplation, you stand under an immense waterfall of mercy, compassion, and forgiveness.
Knowing your need for mercy opens you to receiving mercy. Knowing your intimate need for mercy is in great part what it means to know, need, or fall in love with God, because God is mercy itself and must be experienced as such! If you live like the Pharisee in Jesus' parable (Luke 18:9-14), where you do everything perfectly and you are never in need of mercy, then you will never know God! So don't be too good, even in your own eyes. Make sure you always and happily stand on the receiving end of God, just like the Three Persons of the Trinity do to one another, where self-emptying always precedes any new outpouring.
Frankly, it all comes down to this: God doesn't love you because you are good. God loves you
because God is good!
Collecting School Supplies for Our Neighborhood School
This is our last week to collect school supplies for De Zavala, our neighborhood School: earbuds, fat pencils and crayons for pre-K student, pencils, 1” binders, erasers ( pink ones ), colored construction paper 9 x 12, dividers, individual dry erase boards, expo markers to write on boards, erasers for the boards, stickers to be used for student incentives, poly plastic folders, poster board to be used for student projects. Neighborhood folk are invited to drive by on the 5th Avenue side and drop the supplies off at Arts Fifth Avenue on 19. So they won’t have to leave their car—a Breadite will be outside to take the supplies.
Let’s us join together in making sure that all our students have what they need to be
successful in school.
During December we will have a weekly gathering—watch for details!
Prayer of Blessing
In lives where love has been born this day thanks be to you, O God.
In families where forgiveness has been strong thanks be to you.
In nations where wrongs have been addressed
Where tenderness has been cherished
And where visions for earth’s oneness have been served thanks be to you.
May those who are weary find rest this night and may those who carry great
burdens for their people find strength.
May the midwives of new beginnings in our world find hope.
And may the least among us find greatness
strength in our souls
worth in our words
love in our living.