Holy Week: a time to do nothing

Posted: Wednesday March 27 2013 in Lent

Jesus saw in the disciples something they had lost sight of in themselves: he called them to life. In different ways and to varying degrees they resisted and answered his call. Some of them wanted to do something, some realised they couldn’t do enough. Holy Week reminds us that there are times when we can do nothing – we simply have to be, to receive.

“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us… It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely…I have no program for this seeing.  It is only given.  But the gate of heaven is everywhere.”

Thomas Merton
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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