Every time I’ve seen children asked to draw God, inevitably there will be an image of a bearded man on a throne up in the clouds. It seems even when we are young and our imagination is most wild, we find it hard to believe God would dwell “down here.”

Yet, that is part of what Ignatian Spirituality challenges us to see. We strive to be bold enough to believe God is somehow here in the material world as well. Like Solomon, we are struck by the paradox that the God who can’t be contained by mountains would dwell in a tabernacle; a piece of bread.

When is the last time I noticed the God of heaven right here in the nitty gritty of life on this earth?

—Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, is a Jesuit Brother of the Midwest Province in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.




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