Let’s touch on today’s first reading that deals with our being God’s children. John, the Beloved Disciple, tells us that although we do not yet know what we shall become, we are already know we are God’s children.
There are two aspects of our being God’s children that grabs my attention. The first deals with who qualifies for that honor. Their number is not restricted to Christians in good standing. No, John tells us, “Everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten of him.”
The other thrilling aspect of being God’s children is that it brings us as close to God as any children are close to their doting dad.
What I am getting at, is that recently I have been using thoughts of our complex anatomies to approach God. I have been seeing God as the intelligence behind the smooth interactions between the trillion of cells in our bodies. I have been thinking of him as the one who devised and maintains the mathematics that keeps the universe spinning.
As often happens with me, That line of thought brings me back to a line from Dante’s Divine Comedy. When Dante arrived in heaven he marveled at how there was a strange familiarity about everything there, and Beatrice explained it by saying, “All things among themselves possess an order, and this order is the form that makes the universe like God. “
Thoughts like those have my imagination picturing God as a giant computer, one that is busy keeping all those wheels spinning. But, John’s telling me that I am one of God’s children brings God much closer to me. It makes me feel I can crawl up onto his lap for a nap.