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Gregory Boyle on the Expanse of God

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Many times I have expressed my belief that God is so much bigger than we think… that our ideas of god are like comfortable and familiar masks that we put on a concept that is so much bigger than our comprehension. This passage brought me to tears.

God, I guess, is more expansive than every image we think rhymes with God. How much greater is the God we have than the one we think we have. More than anything else, the truth of God seems to be about a joy that is a foreigner to disappointment and disapproval. This joy just doesn’t know what we’re talking about when we focus on the restriction of not measuring up. This joy, God’s joy, is like a bunch of women lined up in the parish hall on your birthday, wanting only to dance with you—cheek to cheek. “First things, recognizably first,” as Daniel Berrigan says. The God, who is greater than God, has only one thing on Her mind, and that is to drop, endlessly, rose petals on our heads. Behold the One who can’t take His eyes off of you.

Marinate in the vastness of that.

Boyle, Gregory (2010). Tattoos on the Heart (Kindle Locations 622-627). Free Press. Kindle Edition.

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