Reply to Objection 2

“…nothing prevents several things being predicated of the Person.”
Summa Theologica III, 3, 1.

In the beginning,
was the Word,
when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was without form or shape.
God said
And the Word became flesh,
All things came to be through him.
Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
God saw that the light was good.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now.
God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.
For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God,
in the image of its creator
and we saw his glory,
Christ is all and in all.

Gen. 1:1
Jn. 1:1
Gen. 1:2
Gen. 1:3
Jn. 1:14
Jn. 1:3
Gen. 1:3
Jn. 1:9
Jn. 1:5
Rom. 8:22
Gen. 1:31
Rom. 8:19
Col. 3:10
Col. 3:11

Written during a course in Thomistic Christology

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Musings on the Right to Copy

Having been assigned to comment on copyrights, plagiarism, etc. in an orientation class, an assignment I had done before, I decided to look behind the law, the ethics and even the moral constraints to glean what I could of the Scriptural and spiritual basis for such social mores.

The right to copy came to be
with proto-generation;
God-giv’n t’was that generous right
without which, extermination.

The first infringement of the Law
of God’s generosity:
“Become like Him” temptation was
But woe, the penalty.

Yet all our knowledge then and since
t’was God’s originally.
We but dis-cover, re-cognize,
stand-under real-ity.

Yet God, to each, His Spirit gives
a bit of his creation,
in-sight into the Truth therein,
all through His in-spiration.

He knows His creatures well and good,
each one must help his brother,
but each must see his little piece,
t’is his, and is no other’s.

Ac-knowledge whence the idea sprang,
at least it’s re-vealation;
for God’s gifts are given to be shared
as we share all creation.

Respect this now we must adhere
to guidelines, laws and do’s,
and though the murky media maze,
the Way, the Light, re-views.

In giving credit credit’s due,
we bow before our Maker;
for in our brother’s sister’s stead,
Infinity’s Partaker.

So copy ye not other’s works,
nor think ye not: “but whether…”,
for ‘hind the gift, the Giver stands
whose judgments are forever.

But ask the Spirit for His help
and venture forth undaunted
Originality’s His gift
to use, not to be flaunted.

Excursus on Love’s Fire

Aside

Love of God burns bright.
Accept on earth its cleansing flame[1]
with faith in Love He justifies
that we are his beloved sons
and daughters.
 

But if we refuse, reject, revile
his love,
he will deny us
before his Heavenly Father.[2]
Then, surrounded still by God’s
eternal love, we will feel only
the pain of flame
and not the love behind it.

 


[1] The Discipline of Love
•Deuteronomy 8:5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
•Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law.
•Psalm 119:75 I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
•Proverbs 3:11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
•Proverbs 3:12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
• Heb 12:6 “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
•Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.

[2] Mt 10:33; Mk 8:38; Lk 9:36; 12:9; 2 Tim 2:12.

He shall BE peace

We only hear the first part of this prophecy in the Gospel when Herod ascertains where the Child is to be born. Mt 2:6 I ran across the last line in a different context and it struck me: it is not “He shall bring peace,” but “He shall BE peace.”

It’s a provocative thought as we approach Epiphany.

1* But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathaha least among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times.  2 Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne,*Then the rest of his kindred shall return to the children of Israel. 3 He shall take his place as shepherd by the strength of the LORD, by the majestic name of the LORD, his God; And they shall dwell securely, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth: 4 he shall be peace.*