This evening my husband and I watched the first episode of “Catholicism,” the recent DVD series by Father Robert Barron. There was a phrase describing a tendency he wanted to really not give as an option for our response to the person of Jesus. He said we can be for him or against him, but we can’t “domesticate” him. It reminded me of what the children (perhaps Lucy) said about Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia… that he wasn’t a “tame” Lion. They weren’t afraid of him. They could approach him and trust him, but they certainly couldn’t direct or manage him.
Looking at Chapter 2… This God who reveals himself to us is like that… We are reminded that it is not us managing or dictating the nature of the God we worship. What’s more, the truth revealed about God and the Church isn’t a simple academic exercise we get to “domesticate” for our use – rather it is a powerful, transforming relationship into which we are invited to enter – not with fear, but with trust and increasing surrender to his love.
Are there areas I have tried to manage, or have kept off limits, about discovering what God has revealed? Maybe this would be good to take to prayer – an openness to discovery.