Friday, December 10, 2010

Advent Day 13

But he delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.

Aquinas writes: 

It is the nature of love to transform the lover into the object loved. 
I wonder if this explains somewhat how God chose to become part of us, not only in clothing Himself in our human flesh, but even making Himself food for us?

For Psalm 18 says:

He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
And His Law is like a treasure map or a Lego instruction manual (sorry!  my boys are all around me and that's the analogy that comes to mind!).  It gives us clues to how to reach Him, in whom all good things reside.   Aquinas says:

So also each human act is considered right and virtuous when it conforms to the standard of divine love. But when a human act does not conform to the standard of love, then it is not right, nor good, nor perfect.  ...and  Whoever is joined to God becomes one spirit with him
What we love is what we become like.   I just read it a different way in a little book called Religion and the Study of Literature, which expresses the way this works out in our freedom of will -- a quote from Denton Snider "The Shakespearian Drama"

The Drama, moreover, unfolds what is contained in the Deed, the total cycle of it, in all its consequences, showing the world built by the individual day by day, built of his conduct, the world which he must live in. .... man makes his own world and must dwell in it, be it Heaven or Hell. Deed after Deed he piles up like so many stones in the temple of life; he cannot escape from his Deed which is the outer living reality of himself, his own personality made into his spiritual dwelling-place.

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