The Contemplative Companion for Monday, March 13, 2017

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”  – Luke 6.36 – 38

Resting in the silence, we are given the gift of release.

The release is a subtle movement – a kind of inward letting go. A melting of the grasping and clenching of our mind and will for things to be different. A release of our wanting.

It is from this release that a larger freedom arises that makes forgiveness and generosity more possible than could have been otherwise imagined before.

Silence, like the dying process, helps release the clench of our mental grasping and resistance to reality. It supports the melt of our fears  – at a very unconscious, subtle level – and we discover that where there was once judgement, now there is acceptance. Where there was once greed, there is now sharing.

Silence changes how we measure ourselves, others and even our understanding of God.  It is the grace filled space in which all measurement dissolves into endless possibility.


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