When looking at the Enlightenment era, we see many attempts to rationalize religion, to look at faith as something that can only be experienced, an we become skeptical. From the deist theory, there is a God who set the world into motion, let it spin and then stepped away. However, if we were to confer ourselves to these ideas, what reason would we have to believe everything that we say about God? From the romantic period, we learn so much more about relationship, that God couldn't possibly just create us and let us live alone, but that we are completely dependent on Him, in some way or another (even those with little or no faith). God becomes personal for us, and all society. God is beyond our comprehension, yet through Jesus, we are brought into personal relationship.How is God present in your life?
Today's Gospel states:'I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd' (John 10:11-16).
In today's Gospel we hear about how the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep, bringing them to Him, and also into communion. When we think of living in faith, it is important to remember God's love, self-given, so that we can live and seek Him. We are bound to be brought into relationship with society, but also with God, and we see this through the trinity (as the Spirit helps us to seek God, becoming more like Christ). Take some time to consider where your relationship with God stands. Ask God to help you seek Him in all you do.
Today's prayer comes from 'belief net' a prayer for those searching for God:
O Lord my God, Teach my heart this day where and how to see you, Where and how to find you. You have made me and remade me, And you have bestowed on me All the good things I possess, And still I do not know you. I have not yet done that For which I was made. Teach me to seek you, For I cannot seek you Unless you teach me, Or find you Unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, Let me desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, Let me love you when I find you. Amen.