Generous God . . . These words truly put into perspective our place in the relationship we have with God, through Christ.
Generous God . . . Always reaching for us, aware of us and our needs.
Generous God . . . Pouring out grace upon grace into our lives.
How are we to respond to the generosity of God?
What is our responsibility in the face of that?
When Christ came into the world, through the abundant generosity of God, he embodied the Love of God. The Love of God was and is the message. The Love of God is the responsibility. How do we carry that message, that responsibility into the world?
Our reactions to the events in our lives and in the world are largely determined by our acceptance of the generosity of God, of the Embodied Love of God, and all that we know of how Christ reacted to the events in his life on earth.
If we take a moment to think about the images we all carry of Christ, most of us would probably include his being faithful, loving, patient, kind, comforting, reconciling, inclusive, welcoming, non-judgmental. So, when we lovingly listen to a neighbor in distress, give a smile to the harried attendant, remember to say thanks to the many people who assist us throughout the day, we are providing to others the Sustenance of God which we have received in our Cup.
When we react with compassion to the devastations of earthquakes and storms and respond with aid — whether with our time, talents, or money — we are responding with the Love of God.
In God’s generous and loving embrace of us through Jesus Christ is a profound forgiveness. Forgiveness of our doubts, our ways of separating ourselves from Godand others. We use the negatives in our lives to separate ourselves . . . From God, from our families, from our neighbors, from our fellow human beings in the world. When we reach past those things which separate us from each other and God and seek to do God’s will in the World, we give from our Cup. We begin to see each other as beloved of God and equal in God’s eyes. We can look beyond our own troubles and see the pain and suffering in the World.
How can we infuse God’s generosity into our lives, and through our lives, into the World?
We must first listen. Having faith in God’s enduring love and generosity, in Christ’s redemption of us, if we will but still ourselves and listen, we can hear what God is leading us to do. We can then live our lives out of the Wisdom with which our Cup has been filled.
When we steadfastly seek God’s leading, when we listen, we hear God’s voice. Henri Nouwen says, Many voices ask for our attention. . . . But underneath all these often very noisy voices is a still, small voice that says, “You are my Beloved, my favor rests on you.” That’s the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen. That’s what prayer is. It is listening to the voice that calls us “my Beloved.”
Through our prayers, we speak to God, who calls us Beloved.
Through our prayers, we listen to God, who delights in us and rejoices over us.
Through our prayers, we can become the answers and reflect the fullness of God’s love and generosity into the World!