How wonderful (and how timely!) a call from St. Paul in this Sunday's second reading (Romans 12:1-8):
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect.
As Christians, as friends of Jesus, as sharers in the divine life, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. This means that the gift of faith and the movement of the Holy Spirit in us enable us to see differently. If we seek it and receive it, we are granted to discern "what is good and acceptable and perfect". "What is good and acceptable and perfect?" we may ask. Everything that is true-ly loving, and thus leads to the mystery of God.
We indeed need to seek and receive divine transformation-especially in today's increasingly complex society. Let us not settle for half-measures or for easy, sound-bite-sized half-truths (bearing in mind that the truth does not fit into 140 characters ;-). Let us ask the Holy Spirit to take hold of us more and more, knowing that "in the Lord we are light" and are called to "live as children of light". (Ephesians 5:8)
Yours in the Light of the World,
From the desk of the Rector