A reflection chosen especially for justice workers. Hold onto the mystery and stay awake.
An exchange between a master and a disciple...
Student: Is there anything I can do to make myself Enlightened?
Master: As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.
Student: Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?
Master: To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.
Anthony DeMello in Kathleen Dowling Singh's The Grace in Dying, A Message of Hope, Comfort and Spiritual Transformation
Jesus: I am going over there to pray. You sit here while I’m at prayer.
37 Then He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him, and He grew sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Jesus: 38 My soul is overwhelmed with grief, to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.
39 He walked a little farther and finally fell prostrate and prayed.
Jesus: Father, this is the last thing I want. If there is any way, please take this bitter cup from Me. Not My will, but Yours be done.
40 When He came back to the disciples, He saw that they were asleep. Peter awoke a little less confident and slightly chagrined.
Jesus (to Peter): So you couldn’t keep watch with Me for just one short hour?41 Now maybe you’re learning: the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. #staywoke
This last Saturday, in Seattle, two #blacklivesmatter activists shut down a social security celebration at which Bernie Sanders was the star speaker. The reaction to their brashness has been harsh and divided. But if anything, it woke people up. #Blacklivesmatter have been begging, "Stay here and keep watch with Me" for hundreds of years and we (generalizing to white lives, including me) have slept while black lives have been slaughtered.
If we learn anything from Marissa Jenae Johnson and Mara Willaford, it should be that it is time to wake up!
What will you do to stay awake today?