And Jesus said (to the would-be disciple), ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head…Follow me.’

WHERE DID THE IDEA come from that being a woman or man of faith might be justly rewarded with a life of peace and privilege? To be true, such is indeed the case, but not in the ways ‘the world’ seems to expect. The Peace and Privilege are realised not in the material comforts of our lives but in its thin places; we find out who really are in the wilderness moments of our lives.

Peace breaks out from deep within us, like a fountain of living water; Privilege is in the finding that our suffering has broken us enough that the Eternal Fountain can rise in us through the cracks in our own deluded self-imagining.

How many times have you listened to self-professed ‘atheists’ moaning about the random unfairness of life that negates for them any notion of a loving God? It isn’t surprising though. The blandness of post Enlightenment perceived reality, and of course most of the ‘education’ and associated brainwashing it has spawned, informs and sustains facile moralistic patterns which are in turn superimposed onto images that pass in people’s minds for what God ought to be like. In regard to such patterns and images, I could quite rightly pass for an atheist too!

Love has no place to lay her head in the joined-up thinking of moralistic materialism. Love is indiscriminate and she is beckoning to us all, every creature, plant and element, in every moment. Listen to the birds and the creatures, wildflowers and reeds of the marsh, as they praise God’s love with their song. Let the beauty break you down, until the Christ moves freely through you, flowing like living water out of you and into ‘the world’.

~ by Fr Tim Ardouin on June 27, 2019.

One Response to “WHEREVER I LAY MY HEAD…”

  1. Inspiring words. Thank you

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