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A few thoughts from the Friends of God book that were interesting.

She quotes Edward Schillebeeckx’s statement that “being sad in Jesus’ presence is an existential impossibility: his disciples do not fast”. I sometimes find this hard to realize; I can get distracted by the downside of life. Pursuing the joy found in the presence of Jesus needs to be on my agenda.

We stress (rightly so) the basic understanding of holiness as transcendence, complete apartness. But Johnson highlights the connection between that holiness and the divine glory within the creation, between God’s otherness and “its appearance in justice, truth or glory”. While  I haven’t thought in that way before, Isaiah 6 makes the point: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The holiness of God Isaiah confronts is radiated “as glory upon the world.” Extending the notion of holiness in this way seems a fruitful area of exploration.

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