Written by John Immel,
Saint Hilary says that we are to enjoy God through the Holy Spirit. But what is the Holy Spirit? I used to envision the Holy Spirit as a lonely thing, as a bright white light in the sky, or as a lonely dove flying through a blue sky with clouds. One day I realized that every time I envisioned the Holy Spirit, He was alone.
But the Holy Spirit is not alone. The catechism says that the Holy Spirit is Christ's love for His Father, and God's love for His Son. Even when the Holy Spirit is "like a dove" as in Matthew 3:16-17, He is not alone: "And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
When I stopped to think about that, I decided I would never adore Holy Spirit as alone anymore. Now, when I try to connect with the Holy Spirit, the source of all grace, I think of the joy of calling my dad after work and talking to him, of picturing and loving my father's face. Or, the joy of holding my son and pulling him close to me. Or, of Jesus loving His Dad, or of God as a Daddy loving His Son.
Generally, we have to stop envisioning God as by Himself, and far away from people. Our God is not alone. He is a family of persons. When you adore Christ, see Him with children, friends, loved ones. When you envision Jesus, and enjoy His face, enjoy Him surrounded by crowds, by His apostles, loving the people He is with, and helping them.
Now, more than ever in the quarantine, we have to resist the temptation to worship God as if He is lonely. During the quarantine, the God of togetherness is needed more than ever.
Me & My Dad
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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