“In Him We Live and Move”

In the Areopagus Paul told the Athenians “In Him [Jesus Christ] we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17). There is nothing else we need. Jesus Christ is our life; his Spirit is our breath. We’ve got it all! We need nothing more, so why do we feel empty, unsatisfied, wondering where is the “more” for which we long?

It’s just another ordinary day. We work, we do the next thing on our to-do list, we wish more hours in our day. Accomplishment is a fleeting feeling, while fatigue or boredom lasts longer. If only there could be a little more excitement or interest or success in our life.

Stop the self-pity. Take a deep breath. Recall that you live and move and have your being in God, who is infinite love, creativity, joy, success. On the day of creation, the Big Bang, when God “so loved the cosmos,” he flung himself into the world with abandonment smothered in creativity. After hundreds of eons, including this very day, God’s love and creativity surround you, giving you life. Breathe in the love, the creativity, your very life. Then exhale the fatigue and boredom. Be impressed.

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  1. Catherine Schneider on May 23, 2024 at 8:09 am

    Love every word of this!

  2. Catherine Schneider on May 23, 2024 at 8:10 am

    Thank you! Beautiful theology and writing!

  3. Sr. Berneta on May 23, 2024 at 11:53 am

    This is so true as I finish my music responsibilities for the year and concentrate on closing a house and packing to move.

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