Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Midweek Meditation >> Change

I learn a lot from the desert fathers during my years in seminary, working on my courses on spirituality. There are desert fathers (abba) as well as desert mothers (amma). The sayings are short but extremely profound. Simple and clear, they do not leave much for us to guess.  Instead, the teachings speak simple truths directly into a complex world. Here is one.  It is about we becoming the person we imitate.

Amma Syncletica said: "Imitate the Publican and you will not be condemned with the Pharisee. Choose the meekness of Moses and you will find your heart which is a rock changed into a spring of water."

The questions for us this week.

  • Who are we imitating? 
  • Are we trying to copy and overcome the person sitting on the next cubicle? 
  • Are we doing something simply because others are doing it?
  • Are we trying to become the person that we admire, based on some worldly feature? 
  • or are we trying to become the person that we worship, based on God's love?


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