As we prepare to commemorate the greatest sacrifice of all, a moving poem by The Jolly Beggar caught my eye and my heart 💖
Blogger Dorah has beautifully captured the comparison of the biblical Father -Son sacrifices in her retelling of the story of Abraham and Isaac in The Sacrifice — The Jolly Beggar
An excerpt is given below … but I suggest you read the whole for the full impact of the pathos of the sacrificial scene …. so like the Sacrifice we will shortly commemorate.
…… When Isaac asked with mischief in his eyes,
“What trick do you have up your sleeve,
Father? An invisible lamb, I do believe!”
Slowly Abraham rose from the stones of the altar
Slowly he raised his face to his Father
Searching the heavens for a sign of reprieve
For now he could no longer deceive
The child who looked on him with trust
The child through whom his knife would be thrust ……
Dorah maintains The Jolly Beggar and Dreams from a Pilgrimage. blogs with poetry and prose that are really inspiring.
Kahlil Gibran in ‘Spirits Rebellious’ has his character – a monk Kahlil – speak of the truth which he has learned from the teachings of the Nazarene :
“Vain are the beliefs and teachings that make man miserable and false is the goodness that leads him into sorrow and despair, for it is man’s purpose to be happy on this earth and lead the way to felicity and preach its gospel where he goes.
He who does not see the kingdom of heaven in this life will never see it Continue reading
Quote : ….. from The Years Between, William Barclay, on the Gospel of Mathew and the life of Jesus before His public ministry.
Picture : My footprints taken at Panama, Arugam Bay
At the height of my professional career, I came across a verse by an unknown author that had a profound impact on me. The verse that I typed and pinned onto my bedroom door has long since withered, but I came across a copy today which I would like to share.
I think it was perhaps it was this daily reminder of Continue reading
I’ve been waking up around 3.00 am these days, as my body adjusts to effects of a trans-Atlantic trip. I have been going to bed late hoping I would sleep right through. However I find myself awake in a couple of hours, trying to figure out how to while away the time till the dawn.
So I wander around a bit, pet the dog, pick up a book and put it down again for my eyes are too tired to concentrate. I switch on the TV. More of the same stuff – Trump and his trip, Trump and Continue reading
“…. The fact is that you’re surrounded by God and you don’t see God, because you “know” about God. The final barrier to the vision of God is your God concept. You miss God because you think you know. That’s the terrible thing about religion.
That’s what the gospels were saying, that religious people “knew,” so they got rid of Jesus.
The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable. There is far too much God talk; the world is sick of it. There is too little awareness, too little love, too little happiness, but let’s not use those words either. There’s too little dropping of illusions, dropping of errors, dropping of attachments and cruelty, too little awareness. That’s what the world is suffering from, not from a lack of religion. Religion is supposed to be about a lack of awareness, of waking up. Look what we’ve degenerated into. …” Extract from : The Anthony deMello Institute Goa: Awareness – 57
The most difficult thing is the world is to look, to see. We don’t want to look because if we do, we may change. If you look, you lose control of the life you are precariously holding onto. In order to wake up the one thing that you need the most….. is the readiness to learn something new.
The chances that you will wake up are in direct proportion to the amount of truth you can take without running away.
How much are you ready to take? How much of everything you have held dear are you ready to have shattered without running away? How ready are you to think of something unfamiliar?
The first reaction is one of fear. It’s not that we fear the unknown. You cannot fear something that you do not know. Nobody is afraid of the unknown. What you really fear is the loss of the known. That’s what you fear.
Extract : Awareness – The Perils and Opportunities of Reality. by Anthony De Mello
If you had to choose between happiness and something or someone that you desperately want, what would you choose?
It seems such an inane question … but think about it a moment. Aren’t there things in life, decisions we make every day that we know will not bring us happiness – and yet we make them?
As Anthony Mello de Mello puts it in his reflections on Awareness:
“…. we don’t want to be happy. We want other things. Or let’s put it more accurately: We don’t want to be unconditionally happy. I’m ready to be happy provided I have this, that and the other thing. But this is really to say to our friend, or to our God or to anyone, ‘You are my happiness. If I don’t get you, I refuse to be happy.’
It’s so important to understand that. We cannot imagine being happy without those conditions. That’s pretty accurate. We cannot conceive of being happy without them. We’ve been taught to place our happiness in them.”
So when you have to choose between happiness and something or someone that you want, what will you choose ? Honestly …..
“Our response to a world at war has a name: its name is fraternity, its name is brotherhood, its name is communion, its name is family. ..”
Indeed a powerful response to the terror we face and a wise message to all youth:”Let our best word, our best argument, be our unity in prayer. ” Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Poland