I found Sallie McFague’s reflection entitled “Curbing Our Appetites” challenging and thought provoking. She writes: “I’m thinking of John Woolman, an eighteenth-century American Quaker who had a successful retail business and gave it up because he felt it kept him from clearly seeing something that disturbed him: slavery. He came to see how money stood in the way of clear perception of injustice: people who had a lot of property and land needed slaves to maintain them (or so these folks reasoned.) He saw the same problem with his own reasoning. . . whenever he looked at an injustice in the world he always saw it through his own eye, his own situation and benefit. Once he reduced his own level of prosperity, he could see the clear links between riches and oppression. Woolman wrote, ‘Every degree of luxury has some connection with evil.’” Reduction of his lifestyle gave him insight into the difference between “needs” and “wants,” something our insatiable consumer culture has made almost impossible to recognize. To empty the self is not an act of denial, but of fulfillment, for it creates space for God to fill one’s being. We are satisfied by nothing less than God; our deepest desire is to be one with God, even as Jesus was. Made in the image of God, our destiny is to become one with God, so we too can say, not my will but God’s will be done. This is not a loss, but again, the greatest gain.
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:17
“But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.”
What did you hear from this reading?
What gets in your way of seeing more clearly?
How are you becoming one with God?
Prayer: Holy God, your gracious provision and constant renewal transforms and strengthens my being. Help me to recognize what you desire and let me create enough space today for you to be present. Amen