Divine breath in us

The divine energies are rushing past us at every nanosecond of time. Why not reach out and catch them by continuing acts of self-surrender and trust in God? The proper response to God’s abundance is to consent to his presence and surrender to his action within us.

Let Christ live within you as you. This is resurrection—what Jesus calls (in his words to Martha) “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).

Inner freedom is the source of the greatest creativity. God is gradually entrusting the future of the species to us, while remaining our partner and companion. In this way, God makes us (in a real sense) equal to himself: co-creators and co-redeemers.

Jesus “spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes” (John 9:6). This scene is a symbol of the interpenetration of the divine with the human; in other words, the incarnation of Christ in us which the union of the ultimate opposites, the divine and the human. It is the divine kiss—mouth to mouth, heart to heart, being to being—the pouring of the divine light, life, and love into our limitless capacity for God.

It is the gift of the Spirit, the ripe fruit of Christ’s resurrection. This is his gift to the apostles on the night of his resurrection. “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22) is the divine breath that contains the whole of God and all that exists.

There is no effort needed to receive the divine breath.

From Thomas Keating, “Reflections on the Unknowable”

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