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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Contagious Divinity

What does it mean to say that humanity has the divine spark?  Certainly we see in Michelangelo’s Creation that man before the touch of God lacks passion.  Adam before the divine touch recalls the following passage from Revelation 3:14-18 (NIV):

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.  I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Without the divine spark there is no passion, no creativity, no vitality, and no hope.  The divine spark gives humanity these things.  One of the saddest sights ever beheld is to look in the eyes of another and find there a vacant, dark, oblivious gaze into dead-end despair.  Then, like God at creation, we yearn to instill a fresh spirit for we know that we are witnessing a tragedy—the death of the divine spark.  Then we yearn greatly and instinctively to offer a human touch informed by heavenly grace.

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