O God, you created the universe with a shout of joy, a word of delight, and a big bang.
You made gravity holes and antimatter, swirling electrons and dancing quarks, shooting stars and sapphire blue planets.
You filled the ocean with clown fish and sharks, with dolphins and killer whales.
You filled the air with doves and hawks, songbirds and hummingbirds.
You covered the land with shimmering aspen and weathered pine.
And You blessed all the creatures of the earth:
The bugs, snakes, lizards,
The lions, tigers, and bears,
The puppies and the hippos,
The zebras and the penguins.
And You blessed all the children of the earth
every shape and size,
every color and complexion,
every makeup and mood,
every style and substance.
But we, O God, preferred to go our own way. We messed things up.We wanted to be in charge. We wanted to be in control.
We thought everything belonged to us.
We polluted the environment.
We destroyed each other.
We turned playgrounds into battlefields, schoolyards into mine fields, hospitals into death camps, and children into killers.
But God, you never gave up on us.
You never walked away or walked out.
You always honored your promises even when we broke ours.
You always welcomed us home with open arms and a warm heart
even when our fists were clenched and our minds still closed.
James Martin, SJ, "Advent is about Desire"
Can there be hope without desire?
the two feet of the Parent: Christlike-kenosis and Charismatic-koinonia