“Humanly speaking a genuine gift is given freely, out of love and not out of necessity; its reception is occasion for gratitude and joy. In the divine freedom to be present to all creatures, empowering them to birth and rebirth in the midst of the antagonistic structures of reality, the Spirit is intelligible as the first gift, freely given and giving. Her loving in the world is gracious and inviting, never forcing or using violence but respectfully calling to human freedom, as is befitting a gift.”
I came across this fabulous quote from Elizabeth Johnson, She Who Is, during devotions. With the force of a hammer hitting a nail, it helps me understand the relationship between gift and freedom of will which I don’t always connect with. So many times I give out of duty, but true gift comes from love. What a gift of freedom that the Twos share with us. So my gift to all the Twos I love is this passage. Enjoy!