Saturday, December 15, 2018

Cosmic Mother


Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.  Psalm 19:4

Friday, December 14, 2018

Conspiring with God


In the precariousness of life, the fragility of the planet, the unexpectedness of God comes like a bolt out of the blue.  God is always provoking us, calling us ahead and beyond our grasp.  God is an outlier in our perception of reality.  God is still to be conceived, about to be born.  We usually assume that we know who Jesus Christ is.  He is framed in, completely circumscribed, defined in our ecclesial, moral, liturgical and doctrinal forms, stable and well contained.   

In the still blossoming cosmos, Christ is a dynamic unfolding reality.  A historic person, but at the same time a wider flashier truth yet to be fully realized.  God is at work in all of creation throughout all of  time and Christ is the central actor in the groaning of the Birth of Creation.   

We are being called to go beyond the limits of our prescribed safe forms.  Christ cannot be punctuated on a timeline or confined by any concept we imagine as time or space.  Christ is the opening up of the fullness of God’s glory in the here and now as well as in the past and future.

How are you conspiring with God’s unfolding?  How is your life generating Christ?

Retreat with Ivan Nicoletto, author of Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe: The Lectionary and the New Cosmology

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Divine Solictor




Our universe, and each of us, is a genesis of becoming.  God is not separate, but involved in and emerging from the life force of everything.  God is both on the borders of our experience and within every part of it. 

God is the insisting one, unpredictable and surprising in the greatest and smallest moments of our lives.  God is the upsetting intruder who may not be the reassurance we think we want, not a lulling for our recklessness or a safety net for our crazy plans.  God is more like a solicitor, an accident, a storm, an inconvenience, an interruption, a disturbance, an alarm, an appeal for help at an importune time. 

The name of God is a call in which we are solicited to respond.  We may decide to accept the call or not.  Nothing guarantees it will all turn out well in the end.  It may be a disaster.  This is the risk we take.  The call to collaborate, to cooperate with God’s plan will widen our consciousness, but we can reject that option. 

Calls can be declined.  Messages lost. Proposals turned down.  Signals ignored.  Our deeds birth the coming of God into the world – or not.

Retreat with Ivan Nicoletto, author of Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe: The Lectionary and the New Cosmology

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Desiring God


Birth unconstrained by the biological past rooted in a cosmic future -- that is our heritage.  The dispossessed self, naked of ego, becomes a home for the indwelling God.  We enter the kingdom of God by losing our grasp of it. 

The new possibility is a grace, a resurrection.  Then we behold a desiring God at the heart of the world’s ecstasy reaching out in frenzied risky adventuring to the end of the earth in the craving of the flesh and the yearning of all beings.

God is a desire beyond desire that is never fulfilled, part of a widening, transfiguring movement beyond all opposition and obstacles.  The insurgent impulse of liberation, our small desires, our shaken upsets, our dismantling allows the desiring of God to erupt into our life.  God is the propeller and attracter of the heart, opening us to what is yet to come.

Retreat with Ivan Nicoletto, author of Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe: The Lectionary and the New Cosmology