Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. Luke 15:6
Who looks out for you?
We need not look far and wide
for the Source of Being, around and inside;
for Presence relentlessly seeks us out.
The surprise of salvation is that we are healed;
pursued by Mystery,
found in forgiveness,
by an ever-patient Presence who,
unperturbed by waywardness,
tenaciously tracks us down.
Whence could I flee your Spirit or escape your Presence? Psalm 139:7
For a time, we might cast ourselves
into the chasm of mass distraction;
thinking to be unreachable.
For a while, we might let our souls be held captive
by the shadow-play of plasma screens,
or gorge on sound-bite reactions to life’s tragic wonder.
But, in due time, even here,
joy can unseat us, mystery unsettle us,
pain up-end us and forgiveness find us out.
The meaning of awe is to realize that life takes place under wide horizons, horizons that range beyond the span of an individual life or even the life of a nation, a generation, or an era. Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal. Abraham Heschel
Every seeker understands
what it is to be found and found out;
sought and caught out by life.
Those on a quest
are content to be enticed into unknowing
by penetrating questions.
And the lonely soul
finally finds home
by welcoming others.
Whomsoever welcomes you welcomes me, and welcoming me, welcomes the One who sent me. Matthew 10:40
Should we allow ourselves to be found,
we might receive and radiate mercy;
becoming beacons in the densest night.
We cease pursuing a separate “Other”
when we are entangled,
caught up in the hurting-hope of a sister or brother.
All which I took from thee I did but take,
Not for thy harms,
But just that thou might’st seek it in My arms.
New-found by forgiveness,
the hungers of the sorely afflicted
unshackle us from spiritual self-seeking.
Forgiving brings us to our knees,
not to beg but to revere,
to let ourselves be found, without trace of shame or fear.
Holiness is no longer hidden, except in plainest sight.
Joy kindles hearts
and hope hangs on every smile.
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts, where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. Thomas Merton
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