The Living God is the God of
is not God of the dead, but of the living, for
to Him all are alive.”
who were, who are, or who will ever be .... that are not
alive to God.
Even those yet to be!
I say “yet” to be, for they will
be — but are not yet.
“Where are they?”, you ask.
“With God”, I will answer you.
This perplexes you. How can even they who are
to be — but are not yet
How can they “be” before they have “been”, or “are”, or
God has given us the beautiful, if sometimes painful, faculty
of memory. Here, in this repository of our lives, we keep,
as it were alive, things past, and what is present and instantly
passes into what was and is no more. These things reside
within us, even if we would sometimes let them go. They
remain with us, as it were, as things that do not pass,
but remain in some frame of time preserved as a vignette
to which we hearken. In a sense what has been, has never
ceased to be for us.
In this we are like unto God. It is a part of the imago
Dei, the Image of God in which we were created by Him
Who created us in His likeness.
What is before us, we do not question, even as it passes
like so many beads of mercury that we attempt to grasp,
but which ever elude us and ineluctably fall away into the
past. Yet we keep them.
What we do not possess is the ability to keep within, that
which is yet to come, yet to pass, yet to be. We nevertheless
know that such things, whatever they may be, will come,
and like their predecessors before them, will come into
our lives and pass into memory where we will keep what is,
to us, no more.
The Eternal Present
God has no such limitation. He lives in an eternal Present,
unbound by the ambits of time conjugated by temporal limitations
inflected by us in terms of “past”, “present” and “future”.
As we keep what has been, and what is, within us, experienced
as either present or past — God keeps the “future”, the
things that “will be” (to us) and already “have been” (to
Him). But even this is incorrect, for there are no things
that “have been” to God — only “what is” — what resides
in the Present, the perpetual Present in which His own Being
is lived, enacted – without tense.
This is why Jesus says, God is the God of
Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob – and not “was” the
God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. He
IS their God. He “is” their God,
(Who is the “Living God”) ... because they “are” the
living before God. They are present to Him.
You were present to Him before you were present to your
mother in her womb. You still are!
“What!?”, you say.
The totality of your being: your
being before your conception, your being in your
mother’s womb, your being once you have passed beyond it,
your present being, and your being yet to be
— what you will “become” — and more still .... your being
after your being in this life has passed —
IS before God.
As Saint Paul said, “now we see in part”. God sees the whole.
And keeps it!
Do not sorrow for your dead as though they are no more.
Do not lay violent hands upon your yet to be born, as though
they are not yet.
Do not see your life as one that has passed.
is — all
are — all
Because, as Jesus tells us,
“to Him all are alive.”
And this is great consolation for us — once we have understood
Nothing is lost to God ... not even our own despair and
stupidity. Do not be harsh on yourself. He knows that you
are but dust and ashes — and the gift of life that He has
given you — and those you love ... or ought to.
Boston Catholic Journal
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