This is on Sacred Space this week:
In the Northern hemisphere this week includes the longest day of the year, a time to look backwards and forwards, a central date. On such a day, “halfway through life’s journey”, Dante started his ‘Divina Commedia’ with the words, “Nel mezzo del camin di nostra vita.” (“How do I see my life, moving steadily upwards?”) The Church placed the birth of John the Baptist at mid-summer, when the days start to shorten, remembering his prayer: Jesus must increase and I must decrease. We see women and men who, while their senses grow blunter and their body slower, are steadily shedding their ego, growing in an openness to God, becoming more and more transparently a vessel of love.
One phrase keeps turning in my mind since I first read it yesterday morning. “We see women and men who, while their senses grow blunter and their body slower, are steadily shedding their ego, growing in an openness to God, becoming more and more transparently a vessel of love.”
That is the way I want to grow older. But as I examine myself today, I realize I am still too full of ego to be pliant and open to my First Love. I hope somehow I will always be reminded to keep walking the path where I will shed my ego and become more and more a transparent vessel of God’s love.
Sometimes it takes painfully little to make my patience snap and I am brought to the realization of how uncentered I am.
You are the centre, Lord of my life.