Aristotle assumed all substances to be compounds of four elements: earth, water, air and fire, and each of these to be a combination of two of four opposites, hot and cold, and wet and dry. (Actually, the words he used for wet and dry also have the connotation of softness and hardness). Retrieved from http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/lectures/aristot2.html Oct 11 2013
We are earth, and the Trinity of wind and fire and water needs us. I wonder at how easily we use the Three to describe our relational God while leaving out Aristotle’s fourth. Jung and Hildegard – and so many of the mystics – proclaim God’s need for us – us whom God created to house, to incarnate, to bear the fruit of divine creative love. If there is a God-shaped hole in me, is there not a me-shaped part of God that needs to fill that hole?
Just as earth can be fruitful only when nourished by wind and fire and water,
Just as we can be fruitful only by clinging to, and feeding on, our Source,
So God can be fruitful in us, our lives, our world, and our history
only when we accept our human condition
and open our earthy selves in total surrender to God’s Spirit and loving will. Amen.