THE IMPULSE TO MATURE

DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where are we headed?

maturationChrist taught, “The Realm of God of which I speak will be as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and after many days, the seed would sprout and grow, not fully understanding how this happens.  You must understand that Creation produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain.   It is only then when the grain is full grown and read that the harvest will come.” – Mark 4:26-29

Creation was designed to mature.  We see it nature and if we allow this maturation to take place in our humanity, there as well.  As individuals, the Lord placed within us the potentiality to mature.  And as societies, the Lord has given us this same potential, yet we so often fight against this impetus to mature.

This maturation process placed within Creation includes the maturation of human understanding, the maturation of our knowledge, the maturation of our wisdom, our maturation of our sense of justice, the maturation of the understanding of what it takes for there to be well-being as individuals, as communities, as cultures.  All of Creation is like that seed first planted … it is designed and destined to grow and mature.  At least, that was and is the Creator’s intention … but oh how humanity sometimes is reluctant to mature.

Faith, true and pure faith, is not about preserving the past but about moving toward the future.  Faith is not about being imprisoned in ancient understandings but being liberated to gain further understanding.  Faith is not about the return to the lesser life in Egypt but about the courageous journey to promised lands.

I am now sixty-seven years of age and I realize that I have much left to learn and in many ways, I am still maturing.  Like Moses standing on the mountain gazing over into the Promised Land, I can see the maturation of humankind.  That is … if we cherish the processes of maturation God has placed within our Creation and not retreat or regress into our former ways.

In Christ’s Service always,

Fr. Charitas de la Cruz

 

 

About Father Charitas de la Cruz

a Jesuit missionary into realms of dreams and possibilities: a pastor, a counselor, a poet, a photographer, a contemplative Christian, servant of Christ, pen name of Rev. Dr. Jim McWhinnie
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