Oh say, can you see?

what a sight!

what a sight!

Today’s readings were all about light.

Today’s Readings (second scrutiny)

Richard Rohr has something to say about that in his book Everything Belongs. He tells the story of being at a Zen temple with a group of monks, all sitting in meditation.  After about five minutes, the gong rang, and all the monks scurried out.  Richard, not wanting to look any more stupid than he already felt, decided to sit and stay.  After a while, the monks trickled back in, and later when they were permitted to talk, one monk told him, “today is the day we get our koan from the Zen master.”

A koan is a very difficult thing to explain.  Read about it yourself, and let me know what you think.

Anyway, Richard’s point about the koan was Jesus’ point in today’s gospel reading.  Because you say, ‘we see,’ you are blind.

He goes on to say…

Religion has lost sight of Jesus’ message here.  It has not tended to create seekers or searchers, has not tended to create honest humble people who trust that God is always beyond them.  We aren’t focused on the great mystery.  Rather religion has tended to create people who think they have God iin their pockets, people with quick, easy, glib answers.  That’s why so much of the West is understandably abandoning religion.  People know the great mystery cannot be that simple and facile.  If the great mystery is indeed the Great Mystery, it will lead us into paradox, into darkness, and into journeys that never cease.  That is what prayer is about.
Or, it could be said as Marcel Proust did…

The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.

Or, John Newton put it this way:

Amazing Grace

Be well, and at peace,

Phil

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