In yesterday’s DM we asked the questions: Is there evidence that God truly visits the Earth? and Do you sense that the essence, powers and activity of humans have become divinized? and What are those times?
The evidence needs to come from from humanity itself. Unfortunately, human history is often less than edifying, less a story of love, justice and compassion, all attributes of Divinity dwelling in humans and human affairs. History seems to be more visited by wars and acts of alienation—including wars among ourselves and current wars against Mother Earth herself than with evident movements of compassion, the divine attribute par excellence.
But let us look deeper. Wherever there is holiness there is God at work, there is Spirit inspiring, there is courage and expansion of heart, there is Joy, a divine attribute, Generosity, Beauty, Diligence, Sacrifice in working for justice and healing. Such things are happening in the world alongside the dark messages that make daily headlines.
One finds it in parents who sacrifice for their children, in friends, spouses and lovers who sacrifice for one another. In children who sacrifice for their aging parents. And in society’s efforts at education-to train health care workers, first responders, teachers, engineers, etc.
Farmers providing food for our tables and so many other workers trying to give to the whole, the community, the common good. Even some politicians qualify as workers for the common good.
There are scientists seeking to know our bodies better in order to heal diseases or exploring the universe more fully to instruct us on who we are and where we dwell as a species. There are carpenters and builders and computer nerds bringing their skills to bear on sharing information more fully and communicating more broadly.
Yes, humans engaged in good work are humans engaged in the sharing of grace, where the essence, powers and activity of humans become divinized.
To be continued
See Matthew Fox, The Reinvention of Work.
See also Fox, Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet.
Banner Image: “It Ain’t Much, But It’s Honest Work.” American farmer David Brandt, known for working on sustainable agriculture techniques, specifically no-till farming and cover crops. Outside of the agriculture field, he was known on the internet for being the face of the “Honest Work” meme. Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
How does your work, both inner and outer, share grace and thereby participate in the divinizing of humanity’s essence, powers and activities?
The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood For Our Time
Thomas Aquinas said, “To live well is to work well,” and in this bold call for the revitalization of daily work, Fox shares his vision of a world where our personal and professional lives are celebrated in harmony–a world where the self is not sacrificed for a job but is sanctified by authentic “soul work.”
“Fox approaches the level of poetry in describing the reciprocity that must be present between one’s inner and outer work…[A]n important road map to social change.” ~~ National Catholic Reporter
Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet
Because creativity is the key to both our genius and beauty as a species but also to our capacity for evil, we need to teach creativity and to teach ways of steering this God-like power in directions that promote love of life (biophilia) and not love of death (necrophilia). Pushing well beyond the bounds of conventional Christian doctrine, Fox’s focus on creativity attempts nothing less than to shape a new ethic.
“Matt Fox is a pilgrim who seeks a path into the church of tomorrow. Countless numbers will be happy to follow his lead.” –Bishop John Shelby Spong, author, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Living in Sin