Sun Sun Sun Here It Comes (29 Oct 13 Reflections)

November 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

As I looked out the hotel window, I was struck by the steady flow of motor scooters, buses, cars, auto-rickshaws as people headed to work.  It is difficult for me to grasp  how God’s love so intimately touches each person’s life.  Then the daily reading from Courage to Change made the same point.  The author told a story about laying on the beach and thinking that no matter how many people might be on the beach, there would be enough sun for everyone.  So for all of us, God’s love is always sufficient and present.  As quoted in the daily reading:  “ I can learn to avail myself of the immense, inexhaustible power of God, if I am willing to be continually conscious of God’s nearness.”  I hope that I am aware of God’s abundant love shining like the sun on all of us today often coming to us through others.


My other thought this morning contemplated the impact or miracle of globalization.  My hotel is located in the midst of an office park that has about 20 office buildings.  The building across from the hotel lists its tenants as Qualcomm, Deloitte,  Broadcomm, Verizon, and United Technologies.  Facebook, Google, Dell, Oracle, Microsoft and Accenture are also present nearby.  First time that I went golfing, the other guys in my foursome included managers for the back offices of Diebold and UBS.  There is no question that the standard of living has been raised for many people.  New apartments, condominiums, villas are everywhere.  More cars are on  the streets every day.  As a westerner blessed with material wealth,  I look at this rise of a new middle class and thank God for the blessing of this new abundance that is being generated here and shared by others.


Lastly,  James Martin this morning was talking about the importance of not prejudging other’s  actions.  We should consider people’s intentions.   St Ignatius said  “We ought to be more eager to put a good interpretation on a neighbor’s statement than to condemn it.”    This thought reminded me of the Thomist formulation that whatever people choose is perceived as a good by that person.  We need to give folks the benefit of the doubt.  Martin emphasizes how this approach toward others will help us be open to them and to love them.  In turn,  it will enable us to receive what God may want to communicate to us through them.  That communication in turn may be a vehicle for God’s love to shine us.  It is a way for us to consciously contact and experience the “immense, inexhaustible power of God…”