This is a blog that I post to several times a week although not necessarily daily. These reflections are triggered by the scripture found in the lectionary used by many Christian denominations. While I am part of the Catholic tradition, these posts are not --or rarely--sectarian. I try to put myself in the space of a of Jesus Christ and listen to words that come to me as I read and pray the scriptures. Each post also includes a photograph. These rarely have any connection to the content of the post but are simply pleasing images that I capture as I make my pilgrimage through life.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The warm, soul satisfaction of a father.

Watching four of my children enjoying each other's company

"From heaven the LORD looks down;
he sees all mankind."  Ps 33:15

Two weeks ago, my son, Galen, visited us along with his daughter, Maggie.  Toward the end of his visit, Brendan unexpectedly visited with his son, Brock.  Even though we had had a family dinner two days before at Erin's.  We all gatehered again for some barbecue and visiting.  
As I looked out our windows and saw four of my children and others visiting, laughing, and telling stories, I experienced a warm sense of satisfaction.  I was not part of that scene but was observing it.  Every time I look at that photo, I re-experience that sensation.

Surely this must be what the Divine One feels when observing humanity when we are acting at our very best:  Relating to each other out of fondness, love and concern.  I saw charity and mercy being played out on my deck in a very natural and ordinary way, without pretense and without conern about who was "best."  If I had witnessed the opposite, I would have been sad and sorrowful.  Surely these, too, are the feelings on the Divine One when observing what Paul calls "living in the flesh" and not the spirit.  

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