Five Days Before Christmas, 2010
Reflection, Rebellion or Excuses, and my response that follows, explores how I as one person reacted to Eckhart’s and Kelly’s quotes below.
Meister Eckhart wrote: “ There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half.” They will give up possessions, friends, and honors, but it touches them too closely to disown themselves.”
Thomas Kelly, wrote about giving oneself over fully to God as “Holy Obedience” said: “Holy Obedience is wholly different from mild, conventional religion which, with respectable skirts held back by dainty fingers, anxiously tries to fish the world out of the mud hole of its own selfishness. Our churches, our meetinghouses, are full of such respectable and amiable people…”
In some, says William James, “religion exists as a dull habit, in others as an acute fever. Religion as a dull habit is not that for which Christ lived and died.”
Reflection, rebellion or excuses? Who knows.
What I do know is that I’ve received holy communion while
stepping inches nearer the divine, joining arms and hearts
with others, who join others and still others
to make that circle round.
Some possessions bring joy and gift through beauty,
word and image, unnecessary to some and life
sustaining to others.
Which of these would Jesus have me do without?
A Testament of Devotion, by Thomas R. Kelly, 1941, Harper and Row, New York, NY p.52-53