To love God is something one cannot do. It is, itself, a gift from God to be able to love Him. This news may seem to render us inconsequential, but we are not. For one thing, we cannot be inconsequential if we have the power to accept or reject this gift; and, for another thing, God must consider us of great consequence to even offer it to us. We have great difficulty in recognizing this about ourselves. It’s like Anthony DeMello’s story about the eagle that was raised with chickens and thus totally absorbed the persona of a chicken. He lived and died as a chicken because he never saw the eagle in himself. We miss You in ourselves every time we refuse to see beyond being human.
Thomas Aquinas reminds us that our actions bring us to our highest perfection. Thus we remain a chicken if our actions never go beyond those of a chicken. The powers exercised over us by our inclination to sin tend to hold us in the familiar comfort of our “chickendom.” We become vaguely shrouded in the idea that it’s too hard to go beyond what we are.
What we can do is love You by loving with the love You give us.
In the spiritual quest there is always something more for us. There is no pinnacle – only the next higher step. That next level can never even be approached if we’re satisfied with where we’re at.