In a reflection entitled “Participating in Original Goodness,” Fr Richard Rohr writes: “From the very beginning, faith, hope, and love are planted deep within our nature—indeed they are our very nature (See Romans 5:5; 8:14–17). The Christian life is simply a matter of becoming who we already are (See 1 John 3:1–2; 2 Peter 1:3–4). But we have to awaken, allow, and advance this core identity by saying a conscious yes to it and drawing upon it as a reliable and Absolute Source. Again, image must become likeness. We must participate in the process!  Drawings on Ilia Delio’s insights from her deep study of the Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881­–1955): She states: Teilhard held that God is at the heart of cosmological and biological life, the depth and center of everything that exists. . . . Our nature is already endowed with grace, and thus our task is to be attentive to that which is within and that which is without—mind and heart—so that we may contribute to building up the world in love. Every action can be sacred action if [it] is rooted in love, and in this way, both Christians and non-Christians can participate in the emerging body of Christ. . . . Our lives have meaning and purpose. . . We either help build this world up in love or tear it apart. Either way, we bear the responsibility for the world’s future, and thus we bear responsibility for God’s life as well.  In other words, we matter. We simply have to choose to trust reality, which is to finally trust both ourselves and God. They must work as one.”

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3-4
“His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his
own glory and goodness.”

Reflection Questions:
In what ways are you being awakened and advancing the core identity of faithfulness?
How are you building up this world in love?
How are you being called into Christ’s goodness?

Prayer: Holy God, you endow me with grace and invite me to be attentive to the indwelling of your Spirit.  Help my actions to be sacred, so I may build up this world in love. Amen