Thursday, June 20, 2013

Well Said: God's own admiration

From my quote journal.
One cannot help noting God's own admiration for the beauty of the craftsman, the farmer, the fisherman, because in a most fitting way those occupations reflect God's own being and manner of acting. After all, Jesus himself, by this call and election of Peter and Andrew, exhibits himself to be the primordial "Fisher of Men." This act of Christ's, like all his acts, manifests something essential of the being of God. God is fisherman by nature, we might say, and entrapping fish out of a lake is a visible reflection of the manner in which God eternally attracts beings to himself...

... The strategy of "entrapment" is given to us where we least expect it: we may be looking at the fish in the lake, but Jesus is looking at Peter and Andrew by the lake. The immediacy with which they are "caught" reveals the simplicity and awesomeness of the ruse. Beaming from the face of Christ, the voice and the glance of God have made themselves perceptible to human eyes and ears. Just as surely as these can see and hear the splashing of the water on the shore can they behold the glory of God in the man addressing them. And they are magnetized. Their own strategy in "catching" man will simply be an extension through the person of their own encounter with Jesus.
Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, vol. 1

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