“Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel
I had a lovely weekend. On Saturday, I enjoyed a Mothers Day High Tea and spent last light ‘fire gazing’ with friends: we sat round a fire and talked. Nothing dramatic, nothing amazing but just being with friends has left a deep contentment. At this time of year, the Sunday Gospels call for us to make our home in God, to ‘remain’ in God’s love and to offer that love to others. The basis of joy and contentment lies not in doing but in being, namely being in love – giving and receiving to and from others, from and to God.
While our society puts a great emphasis on doing, we need even more to appreciate how good and holy just being is. To simply rest and be with God. ‘Breathing’ itself can be a prayer. To sit with a loved one, a partner or child and just appreciate the sacredness of the other. Such moments bring us home to ourselves.
Sometime in the coming week, stop working or running, close the book, put down the phone and let yourself wonder at the mystery of being alive. Rest in yourself and realise that you are a blessing, living is holy. Then at some stage, simply be with another. Listen to their breathing. Rest in their blessedness, know that being together is holy.
Loving God, you have made me holy, to be a blessing. Let me take time this week to rest in your love, to rest in the love of others and to know the deep contentment that being in love can bring. I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb