Saturday, January 31, 2009
One of the fruits of spiritual growth is a distaste for sin. I say distaste because it is like staying away from foods we don't like. Rarely do we feel great moral failure when we eat something that we don't like. The taste lingers and the desire to eat it diminishes. The same is true for sin, it tastes bad and we no longer want to do it. Underneath all of this we know that we are loved because Christ has died for us and there is no condemnation for those in Christ.
The will of God is to love God and love your neighbor. A transforming heart grows more able to love God and love their neighbor. As the heart is continually transformed then a person's actions come more into line with the will of God in every opportunity to be love and charity for our neighbor.
Sometimes we are so busy doing church that we forget to be the church. We lose sight of taking the time for silence and solitude. We are so busy at church we don't know our neighbor. Our volunteerism can become an addiction or a distraction from doing the real work of the interior life. We should look to the development of our interior life so that we bring the fruit of this work into all the other things we do.
The Trinity is an experience first and an explanation second. In the church we have tried to explain it first and seldom talk about the experience of the Trinity. I think that the early Christians tried to give words to what they were experiencing, not so much create a doctrine about God.