At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
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At Catholic funerals you might hear: “May the angels lead you into paradise.” Lately I find myself humming, “May the angels lead you into paradox.” At the heart of God’s vision for us is paradox, like, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” What could Jesus possibly mean by that?
Jesus knew the best way to comprehend paradox is through story. So, a man grew up poor. As a teenager he dreamt about the things he wanted to own. He slaved his way to attaining everything he had imagined would make him happy. When he looked out from his penthouse window he caught a glimpse of his reflection and realized he had no idea who that man was. “Never mind,” he thought, and went about dreaming of new possessions.
There is but one life, God’s life. Are you living that life?
—Tom McGrath is a spiritual director and the Director of Trade Books at Loyola Press in Chicago. Click here to enjoy Loyola Press’s “31 Days with St. Ignatius,” a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality in honor of St. Ignatius’ Feast Day on July 31. Content includes articles, blog posts, and videos to help you learn about and apply the principles of Ignatian spirituality.
God, help me to loosen my grip on everything that does not lead me to you, for in you I find the satisfaction of my deepest longings.