We begin our relationship with God when we reach out to him not for what we want from him, but for his sake alone. For the sake of his presence. For the sake of his name. We abandon our selves to love God for who he is.
Our relationship with God is to be so intensely loved by Jesus in our unworthiness, that his love makes us worthy.
You have counted us worthy to stand in your presence and minister to you. Eucharistic Prayer of Hippolytus 250 ad
Who or what do you love above all else? God is love, and for our love to be true, it must find its source ad its sustenance in God.
Marilyn Monroe is a tale of sadness as she repeatedly left those she loved behind to pursue her number one love of worldly fame. I do mention the tragic story of Marilyn Monroe to judge her. Surely her life of enduring an abusive step-father and being raised in an orphanage as well as a dozen foster homes left an injured soul, not knowing how to find healing. At sixteen she married a sailor during the second world war, but caught the eye of a photographer who offered fame and fortune. She divorced her husband to pursue her modeling and acting career. Her career was indeed the stuff of legend. Beginning as a pinup model she became the sex symbol of the 1950s. She starred in 29 films and became a cultural icon. During her career she married twice, first to baseball great, Joe DiMaggio and later to playwright, Arthur Miller. However, both marriages dissolved as she kept returning to fame and applause. Eventually she died alone by committing suicide.
Jesus asked the question, “What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Mark 8:36