The Glorious Abundance of the Almighty
Others have noticed it too: they've noticed the world's obsessive insistence on scarcity. According to this worldview, there isn't enough of anything to go around: not enough resources; not enough food; not enough water; not enough love; not enough forgiveness - not enough of anything we need. The world is in a constant state of shortfall, and there seems to be nothing we can do about it. But this cannot be true. How can a God of infinite abundance, a God spilling over with infinite love for humankind, have created a world which falls short of any single thing we need. Perhaps it is we who fall short in our understanding of the eternal. Perhaps the world of scarcity, of shortfall, the world in which there isn't enough of anything to go around- perhaps that world has been fashioned entirely by humankind as a cover for its own failure of imagination; its inability to grasp the concept of the eternal, or the infinite, or the superabundant!
The poet G.M. Hopkins saw the created world as inseparable from God. He saw the created world teeming with its abundance of beauty, of fecundity, of generosity, as representing the scale-breaking nature of God's grace:
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Hopkins saw, not scarcity, but rather this abundance as the foundation of reality:
Glory be to God for dappled things-
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout
Fresh firecoal chestnut falls; finches wings;
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring-
When weeds in wheels shoot long and lovely and lush........
It is ourselves we need to change. We need to change if we are to encompass the eternal and the infinite, the superabundant. It has been said that work on ourselves is inseparable from work in the world: that when we change ourselves our values and actions, as well as our perceptions, change as well. Think of the sheer abundance of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. The disciples, faced with the vastness of the crowd who had come to hear Jesus, immediately began to apply the finite and the time-bound to the problem of feeding the crowd: the necessity of finding money for supplies and people to travel to the nearest town to buy them. Jesus, on the other hand, knew that the few loaves and fishes would be enough and more with faith, love and the concept of the infinite close by.
Let us lift our minds, our hearts and our souls out and up from the prison of scarcity we have created for ourselves, and taste of the superabundance of the Almighty. Let us pray to be enabled to imagine the eternal and the infinite. Let us share abundantly with each other in the knowledge that there will always be more than enough for need, never enough for greed.
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15th January 2019 Balance is All
19th November 2018 The human hunger for beauty
9th October 2018 Shifting Perspectives
19th June 2018 Thank God I was wrong
16th May 2018 "Today is a new dawn, new, clean and fresh - and so are you, my dear! Don't worry. All is well."
26th March 2018 The Long Winter
7th March 2018 The Gift of Tears
19th January 2018 An Understanding of Kindness
14th December 2017 Do You See This Woman?
17th October 2017 We Are All One with You
7th September 2017 Gaps
20th June 2017 "Love is not loved."
25th April 2017 I Hope You Dance
21st March 2017 From Darkness to Dawn
27th October 2016 The Bright Field
27th June 2016 The Enemy Within
31st May 2016 The Little Way to The Almighty
25th January 2016 Love Immeasurable
11th November 2015 Letting Go
21st May 2015 The Gift of Loss
6th May 2015 Walls
24th November 2014 Leaning into Winter
24th October 2014 Crossing the Road
25th June 2014 Fetters of the Soul
30th April 2014 The Power of Gratitude
10th March 2014 The Darkling Thrush
11th February 2014 Spring
10th February 2014 Masks
3rd February 2014 Dancing in the Wind
21st January 2014 Chains of nostalgia
13th January 2014 Forgiving wrongs darker than death or night
7th January 2014 Singing out Loud
17th December 2013 CHRISTMAS FOUND
9th December 2013 Withering into the Truth
2nd December 2013 The Celtic Prayer Garden
25th November 2013 Missing Dates
18th November 2013 NEARER GOD’S HEART
12th November 2013 Night
27th April 2010 Healing God
25th November 2009 Our Poverty
1st September 2009 Which of the two tigers will win the fight?
1st June 2009 Be your own role model
25th May 2009 The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
18th May 2009 Power of the real presence
7th May 2009 "Lessons I did not learn in School" - by Bill Gates
20th April 2009 JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD
30th March 2009 The Long Walk to Freedom
23rd March 2009 Become a Friend
16th March 2009 Ireland in Identity Crisis?
9th March 2009 Love to Pray
2nd March 2009 Life - Giving Words
16th February 2009 Exclusion Policy
9th February 2009 Somewhere the Child
2nd February 2009 The Conversion of St Paul
12th January 2009 Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
22nd December 2008 A Christmas Parable by Louis Cassels
15th December 2008 Work – from In the heart of the Temple by Sr Joan Chittister
8th December 2008 Am I at home when the doorbell rings?
1st December 2008 Street Corner Christ
17th November 2008 How Did I Get This Busy?
10th November 2008 A Homily for The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica – 9th November 2008
3rd November 2008 John O’Donohue taken from “Benedictus - A Book of Blessings”
27th October 2008 Charles Peguy 1873-1914, French poet and politician
20th October 2008 The following is an extract from a talk given by Bishop George Lungu of Chipata in Zambia in Africa, to the synod of Bishops being held in Rome this month.
13th October 2008 Excerpt from ‘A Door of Hope’ by Jean Vanier
6th October 2008 A Reflection on Matthew's Gospel 21:28-32
29th September 2008 The Daily Decalogue of Pope John XXIII