Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord

tangnefedd @ caswell bay

Gospel – coming of Son of Man to us

Isaiah – come let us go up the mt to the Lord

Romans –lay aside works of darkness – put on armour of light

Spiritual meeting us + God – he comes – we go up to meet him

From the mountain we can look down at the sea of our thoughts – see the darkness and fear in us and the good and light – our thoughts are like drops of water in the sea of life. We don’t need to be scared or run or try to suppress our raging thoughts – just acknowledge them and let them go. Simply see the thoughts as they rise, gently acknowledge them as they stay a while and let them go as they fade naturally. No struggle or clinging. This is the way of Christian non-violence to ourselves. Go up the mountain to the Lord. Ask, ‘Come Holy Spirit, that I might know you and know myself.’ Wait for the drops of thought to manifest. Not anxiously. Patiently. Your thoughts are just mental formations, drops in the ocean of life. Let them rise. When fear or darkness is there, breathe in, ‘Breathing in I know the mental formation of fear is in me.’ ‘Breathing out, I look deeply at my fear.’ Breathing in, I am not afraid to look deeply at my fear.’ ‘Breathing out, I let go this mental formation. I give it to the ocean, to you, Holy Spirit.’ This is how we can prepare the ground for the coming to us of the Son of Man. He will come on the clouds or like a thief in the night. He will come right now. He is already here. This is meditative prayer. Practice. Watering the seeds of faith. Working the ground in which the seeds of God’s kingdom grow.

Tuesday evenings in Advent, 7 pm at St David’s, you are welcome to come up the mountain of the Lord, practice, pray like this, contemplate the following Sunday’s Scripture readings, prepare ye the way in the desert…’Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near’.

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~ by Fr Tim Ardouin on December 2, 2013.

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