How we think: Not even a spec of dust

The human mind cannot begin to comprehend the vastness of space.   Any attempt to describe the vastness quickly collapses when faced with the limits of our mind.  Each of us is nothing but a piece of dust on this plant.  Our planet is just a spot of dust in our solar system.  Our solar system is the slightest piece of dust in our galaxy.  Our galaxy is the smallest of dust in the universe.  We are a piece of dust, on a spot of dust, in a slight piece of dust, out of all the dust of the universe.

We are insignificant,  nothing but the slightest spec of dust, compared to the vastness of the universe.  Out toils, our labors, and our struggles are all for nothing.  The motion of our planet, the motion of our solar system, the motion of our galaxy, and the expanding of our universe will all continue to occur regardless of anything we may do.

Again this week, I ask the question, where is our value?  Our value cannot be measured in terms of our ability to effect the motion of the universe.  Rather, Christianity teaches us that our value exists in our relationship with the Creator of this universe.

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How we think: Beginning and End

The religion of Christianity is a progression, it has a beginning and an end. Christianity is not cyclical, and it not about a circle of life. It has a beginning and an end in two ways. First, the Triune God is referred to as The Beginning and The End. Second, creation is the breath of the Triune God. Creation itself has a beginning and an end.  Creation had a starting point, and it will have an ending point. Creation is constantly changing and constantly progressing. But, it is a mystery how it will progress in the future and how it will come to a completion.

We see this beginning and this mysterious end, and we get glimpses of our own insignificance. Current estimates are that the universe as we understand it is almost 14 billion years old, and we do not know the time our universe has left. Our minds cannot comprehend the insignificance of our life spans in the vastness of time. Our time in this universe, regardless of our efforts or our successes, is meaningless when compared to the incomprehensibly long passage of time.

Where, then, is our value? Certainly, our value can not be measured in our contributions to the universe.  Rather, Christianity teaches us that our value is present in our relationship with the True Beginning and the True End, the God of the universe.

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An Introduction To God: Who is God? Father Damick

I am slowly reading the book “An Introduction To God” by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick.  I purposely am taking it a slow pace of about 1-2 chapters per week.  I want to take the time to meditate on encountering God.

As an introduction, it is short book of 5 chapters.  The 1st chapter is really an introduction to the four main mysteries.

  1. The Mystery of Jesus Christ: Who is God?
  2. The Mystery of Worship: Why Go to Church?
  3. The Mystery of the Church: Whom can we trust?
  4. The Mystery of Morality: Why Be Moral?

This week my focus is the first of these mysteries “Who is God?”.    Very quickly, Father Damick gets to the subject of eternal life.  At first, I was curious what this had to do with “Who is God?” Surely, eternal life is an important subject, but how does it relate to the chapter heading?  To define eternal life, the author states “Jesus does not say the purpose of our faith is to make us “good people” or that it’s about “going to heaven” when we die.  Nor is Christianity about feeling good…Eternal life is to know God the Father and to know Jesus Christ, whom He sent.” (p. 51).  But, the question still remains on how this relates to the chapter heading.  Going back to earlier in the chapter we see how it fits together.  God is uncreated.  He states “Who is God?  If we were to ask that question of the Church Fathers, we might be faced with a curious answer. Many of the Fathers might first say, ‘There is nothing we can say about God.'” (p. 44-45). The answer to the question “Who is God?” does not have an answer based on knowledge of historical facts.  The answer only comes as we encounter God, and eternal life is part of that encounter.

Later in the chapter he deals with the subject of the Incarnation (God becoming flesh).  The author states “mankind was not meant to live an isolated existence..we need access to God”  (p. 61)  To understand “Who is God?”, we must encounter God through the Incarnation.  We cannot answer the question through rational thought, through studying, or through knowledge.  We can only answer the question by encountering God as He became flesh and became one of us.  This is the mystery.

Next  “The Mystery of Worship: Why Go to Church?”.

As I read and review the book, I will share my thoughts on my blog and other social media.   You can follow one of these links.

Twitter:@allenkrell            https://twitter.com/allenkrell

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I purchased the book at
http://store.ancientfaith.com/an-introduction-to-god/

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Sin between humans

Christianity is all about communion, the communion between God and humans, and the communion between humans.  Nothing must come in the place of this communion.

The challenge of this week’s gospel lesson is that throughout history, this direction has been almost impossible to practically implement.  Our nature is to use this against our pet sins, and not sins impacting communion between humans.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 18:15-20

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An Introduction To God

 

 

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It is the desire of my heart not to have just intellectual knowledge, but to truly encounter God.  I have just began the book “An Introduction To God” by +Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick.  

As I read and review the book, I will share my thoughts on my blog and other social media.   You can follow one of these links.

Twitter:@allenkrell            https://twitter.com/allenkrell

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+AllenKrell

I purchased the book at 
http://store.ancientfaith.com/an-introduction-to-god/

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Encountering Christ Through Setting Our Mind

To encounter Christ, we must set our mind on Christ.  Being able to set our mind is a gift, not of our own efforts

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 16:21-28

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