GeE 42: Claims Where God Is Not Present

See the source imageGod will surprise us, especially when we are complacent and satisfied. And if we are attentive. Another problem with Gnosticism is not where is claims God is only present, but also the surety of the claim where God is not:

42. Nor can we claim to say where God is not, because God is mysteriously present in the life of every person, in a way that he himself chooses, and we cannot exclude this by our presumed certainties. Even when someone’s life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices or addictions, God is present there. If we let ourselves be guided by the Spirit rather than our own preconceptions, we can and must try to find the Lord in every human life. This is part of the mystery that a gnostic mentality cannot accept, since it is beyond its control.

Modern commentators are sometimes quick to say God is not in other churches, with people who don’t think as we do, in the secular world, in business, costume balls, or in “irregular” relationships or in people caught in illegal situations. Not true.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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