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This Is God!

When the crucified Jesus is called the ‘image of the invisible God’, the meaning is that this is God, and God is like this. . . . The Christ event on the cross is a God event. And conversely, the God event takes place on the cross of the risen Christ. Here God has not just acted externally, in his unattainable glory and eternity. Here he has acted in himself and has gone on to suffer in himself. Here he himself is love with all his being.

Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God

The Cross of Christ is the penetration of God into that unholy area where we would least expect him and, if the truth be known, where we least want him. God has entered into the loneliness of our suffering and the self-hatred of our sin. And he has not come as judgment but as acceptance. The Cross is the communication of God’s care but it is not a message from the outside. God loves us by receiving our lives into himself as we experience them — torn and broken. The Cross is God loving us from the inside.

John Shea, Stories of God

May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14

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The Mystic as Flame

Bernardo Olivera, speaking of the great 12th-century mystics, uses a dramatic but very beautiful image to describe this journey of the Christian life.
Thus, mysticism is the reality of grace accompanying the whole life of the believer, transforming him or her from dawn into midday and from an individual burning coal into an all-consuming fire.
The Sun at Midnight (Cistercian Publications)
Through the abundant grace of God, may we too be transformed from dimness into an all-consuming flame of love in God.
For more, see "The Mystic as Flame," on Caught Up in God (Cenacle Journal).

Fire photo with fractal by Rose Hoover, rc

(Fractal created in Apophysis)
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