One of my favorite poems has become part of my morning prayer; I recite it first thing after waking. It is from our friend, Hafiz, entitled “The Seed Cracked Open.”
It used to be that when I awoke in the morning I could with confidence ask,
“What am I going to do today?”
But that was before the seed cracked open. Now Hafiz is certain:
There are two of us housed in this body,
doing the shopping together in the market
and tickling each other while fixing the evening meal
Now when I awake, all the internal instruments play the same music:
“God, what love mischief can we do for the world today?”
We are living through a significant moment of history; each one of us asked to make sacrifices we could not have imagined just one month ago. Even as we distance, even isolate, from each other, we can trust that we are not alone. Our most intimate friend, Christ, dwelling within us, is more ready than ever to accompany us in this most sacred journey, a different path for the life of the world. Let us use this time of quiet to tune our internal instruments, the faculties of our mind, heart, body, spirit and soul. Getting all of our instruments to make beautiful music together will prepare us for the glorious communion which we will share when we witness a new beginning of love on the other side of this despair, on the other side of this darkness, on the other side of this virus.
I entered the Adoration Chapel this morning and found a young disciple reading the Bible and praying before the Blessed Sacrament; a few minutes after he left, another disciple entered, carrying in her arms her beautiful granddaughter. It was clear to me that God was blessing me with the gift of the Real Presence of Christ, fully present in my brother, in my sisters and in the Eucharist. It was a gift of true spiritual communion. I cannot wait to share that deep communion with all of you in the Liturgy of the Eucharist; soon and very soon.
Wednesday, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation, the moment the Angel Gabriel spoke to Mary and Mary responded with her “yes” for the salvation of the world. This is the dawn of a new creation, the recreation of the world. We are invited to say “yes” with Mary, with our lives, surrendering our will that we might become bearers of Christ to the world. This truth of our salvation runs deeper in our bones and in our community and in our world than anything else. Indeed, nothing else matters. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.