6th Sun Easter B
Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.
This Sunday's Exposition
Few of us are like Bear Grylls, very few. Even he isn’t as independent in the wild as he appears: he learnt his skills from others and obviously desires to share with others what he is doing – otherwise the film crew wouldn’t be there.
It is of our nature to be dependent on others and have others dependent on us. It is also the way Nature is created. In fact, all reality is that way because it is created by a God who is a community.
So what are we to make of our desire for autonomy and independence? We see it first strongly in the toddler and it emerges in differing ways as a sign of healthy maturity as we make our way to adulthood. It looks like God has created within us a desire that goes against the way of nature.
Unless there was something more that God wanted from this desire? If the goal of that desire is not merely to be independent but to give oneself freely in love then independence is a stage on the journey to Love: a love that is not dependent on what is given in return, not manipulated out of us, not coming from our own neediness. No, a love that is given like the love of God: free, bounteous, life-giving. The fully graced mature person loves as he or she has experienced love from God. ‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you…Love one another.’ The true goal of independence is free, generous love.