I offer to you what I myself received. I don’t know what to do with it, and you might or might not either. I warn you, linking up with the Holy Spirit and asking that the Spirit enlighten you with divine energy is risky. You might just get what you wished. The following is like drinking concentrated orange juice from the Holy Spirit. It takes years of mixing it with the water of human experimentation to drink it at all. I warned you.

IT SOUNDS LIKE when I apply the filters of corruptibility and incorruptibility to this statement. Sin came into the world through one man, St. Paul writes in Romans 5, 12-2. Jesus was sinless because he is God, but he became sin for us, who knew no sin. Jesus, who knew no sin (was incorruptible because he was God), became sin (the corruptibility of matter and mind we live in, known as the world) to be a ransom for the many. Philippians 2:5-12 gives the reason God emptied himself of his divinity, so that his gift was fully human, as lived in corruption that has a beginning and an ending, like Adam and Eve, and thus acceptable as the price for our redemption. He took on our corrupt nature (the consequences of Original sin, such as death, working for a living, pain, suffering, joy, happiness) and felt as we feel, loved as we loved, all without sin. Corrupt has to do with the deterioration of matter and energy in the context of physical time. Incorruptibility is an act of the will where we offer to God the only thing God does not have, our free gift that says, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” With humility and realization that I am not you, you are not me, God is not me, and I, most certainly, am not God, all I can say is Thanks.

Where does evil come from? How can I live beyond my seventy or eighty years? Why does everything, that is, have a beginning and an end? Or, does it? Why do I have to die? What do some people break the law and become the norm for morality and seem to get away with it? Why can’t my human reasoning and my free will give me the strength to avoid evil sometimes? What do I do some things I don’t want to do, and other times don’t do the things I should? (St. Paul) How can God make humans that are good but they turned out prone to either evil or good? What is the one principle that, if in place, would at least point us to being fully human, even if we failed to live up to it over and over? Why is human nature good, but individuals do such horrible and sometimes noble things? How can I sustain my resolve to do good in a corrupt world? Matter is not evil, but it is corrupt. Matter deteriorates, and so does the resolve of the will to keep myself centered on Christ Jesus. The human mind is not evil because the energy of God is not corrupt. We can reason and choose what we think is good for us and often make wrong choices. (Genesis 2-3) If the wages of sin are death, and we don’t die for seventy or eighty years, is there a price we must pay while we wait until death? What is that price? Who tells us what is good or bad? Is it me? Is there a power outside of the physical universe that gives me the way, has the truth, so that I can live a life that is the culmination or endpoint of my human evolution? All humans live in two universes (the physical universe of matter, time, energy), and some live in the mental universe of reason and free will. There is a third universe, but one that must be accessed by invitation and acceptance. The problem is everyone has an invitation, but not everyone accepts the adoption into God’s family of incorruptibility. Some don’t know about it. Some don’t care about it. Some actively hate whatever their concept of God is, while some embrace love from Christ and seek to spread it around through good works.

Who has the power in this lifetime? In one sense, I do. I look out at the world and try to make sense of the chaos, asking myself why everyone hates one another and yet finds immeasurable goodness in that same person. I ask myself what the most powerful energy in the known universe is. Google is a great place to get a YouTube response. Here is one I looked up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYVUhSloDfc It is called a gamma-ray burst. Humans would not survive this if we were close enough. I ask myself, why I can know about the power of a gamma-ray burst, but it does not know anything about me and my human energy of the mind? Why is that? Who is more powerful? That leads me to the next paradigm shift in power, animality to rationality. Matter and the mind all live under the influence of corruption. Everything has a beginning and an end. Although I share many traits and emotions with my pets, I am not an animal. I do not share rationality or freedom to choose what I reasoned. I have two choices as a human being. My choices can be good or bad for me. As an individual who has lived to be 81 so far (how lucky is that?), I can determine what is good or bad for me, or I can choose to accept what God thinks is good or bad for me. (Genesis 2-3). I have the power to say NO to God just as surely as Adam and Eve did. When I say NO (sin), sin affects my soul (the wages of sin are death). Conversely, when I choose to embrace humility and obedience to God’s purpose for me, I grow in my capacity to receive God’s love and enlightenment (capacitas dei)

My will struggles to keep myself centered on Christ Jesus with all the temptations and sidetracks that the world sets in my way. This struggle is itself a prayer that I offer in reparation for my past sins and my prayer for continued mercy from the Father. I read the Seven Penitential Psalms frequently to get in touch with how it feels to sustain a habit of penance in the midst of the world’s chaos.

If I want to replace the love given me by the world, I must put love where there is no love. But, and this is significant, this is a love that I receive from Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. This love is incorruptible, while the love of the world, although it seems noble, does not have the power to lift my nature to share in the adoption that awaits me in heaven.

I begin my heaven with my adoption by God as a son (daughter) and heir to the kingdom. This kingdom of heaven begins while I am on earth, able to make choices good for me to take what I choose to heaven after I die.

Praise to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. The God who is, who was, and who is to come at the end of the ages. Amen and Amen. –Cistercian doxology

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