Thursday in the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

[Scripture Readings: Eph 1:1-10; Lk 11:47-54 ]

Why did God make us? Not for woe, but for blessing. In the prayer after communion in today's Eucharist we ask that, “We may become sharers in the divine nature.” This is the purpose of life. St. John of the Cross reflecting on this blessing writes, “We are truly divine by participation, equals and companions of God.”

In one of her letters, St. Therese of Lisieux writes, “We are greater than the whole universe, for one day we shall have a divine existence.”

And our fellow Cistercian monk, Fr. Michael Casey, expresses it even more boldly in his book, “Fully Human, Fully Divine.” He writes, “Christianity is not just a matter of being good, but of becoming God.” We are on the way to heaven, to divinity, let us bring as many people with us as we can.