December 14, 2018
(St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ . . . But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” Mt_11:16-19
Hypocrisy!? Hmmm, sounds just like some statements – comments of our own day! But what about us?
St. John of the Cross professed minimalism; minimalism or asceticism for the sake of placing ourselves 100% in the hands of God. And that’s really something to think about in our day of dependence on technology and creature comforts.
WHAT IF – I didn’t have that cell phone? What if I didn’t have the washer and dryer? What if I didn’t have so many clothes. What if I didn’t have that car or refrigerator? What if I didn’t have this house, this computer, this electricity? There are many, many people who do not! Can we literally let go of all the “stuff” that makes up what we call our lives? Can we place 100% of our dependence on God, just like a little child does on us?
Maybe we can start with some baby steps ourselves. Skip some meals. Give away some of those clothes that never make it to our backs. Wear what we have until they really do need cleaning. WALK a little more. (Now I’m speaking to myself as much as anyone else who this might apply to.) And that’s probably all of us if we have a computer to read this with.
John of the Cross gave it all. And in the process he even got to the point of questioning whether God Himself was really still there. They call it the “dark night of the soul.” And it happens to us all. Yet, GOD IS still and always there, beloved! We must believe that – even when that minimalism, that asceticism is forced upon us by others. GOD LOVES US – NO MATTER WHAT! No matter what!!!! (And Jesus is our proof!)
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