Lent 16: Emptied...

Gal 2:20-21, 3:26-29

20 and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. 

26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Tomorrow I leave for a five-day trip to Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Kentucky. After a six-hour drive, I'll enter a space reserved for silence and solitude, a space in which I and other retreatants can sit with ourselves, with God, with nature. In all honesty, the idea of it all scares the living daylights out of me. And so today is not about rattling off my own personal thoughts about a particular passage of scripture but about letting go of them. Sometimes the only way to deal with a particular text is to sit with it, and for me personally, I can't think of a better text to sit with. Initially I planned to have posts written for the time I'm gone, but I think that as I will be spending the weekend in silence, so also should FTB. The goal for this weekend is to have a chance to empty myself of some of the junk that's built up around me and within me. Doing so means relinquishing control and letting go of the need for perfection.

Sit with the text. Listen to it. Read it aloud. Pray it. Feel it. Be with it.

Peace and love friends, Michael