Easter, Day 26
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“You must be emptied of that wherewith you are full, that you may be filled with that whereof you are empty.” —Augustine
In India there is a flaming-hot chili pepper called “little thing” in the native tongue. It is smaller than one’s little finger, so small that people don’t take it seriously; but even a tiny bite will burn a person’s mouth. Self-will is like that; a little dose of it can cause harm for a long time.
The remedy, in the Buddha’s language, is nirvana, from nir, “out,” plus vana, “to blow.” We don’t snuff self-will out in one day; we have to keep blowing away, in meditation and then during the day, especially in our relationships. This world is a place where we learn to return good will for ill will and love for hatred, to work harmoniously with others, and to put other people’s welfare before our own. We keep blowing away until one day, the fire goes out. (WLB)
As you begin your day, spend a few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, pay careful attention to your breath. As it goes in and out, notice how you are able adjust its depth and pace, but that the breathing happens in its own in response to Life itself.
God, make your action our action. Assist us in being one, being in community, sharing being, indwelling, rejoicing, and always being more. Amen. (CAC)
Reading: 1 Peter 2
It is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a punishment for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
As your day draws to a close, spend few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, recall any words or phrases that stood out to you from the passage that you just read. Whisper them aloud if you wish.
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Beginning on Easter Day and concluding on the Day of Pentecost, this season celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.