"...the old world is over."
Hello everyone. I hope you are well and keeping safe.
Yesterday I had a great talk, or should I say, interview with Nicholas Perrone from the
. I had spoken with him once before and found him to be fair, accurate and always asking the right questions. Yesterday, he got me to do something that I was a little reluctant to do, namely, reflect on my two happy years here at IHM. I say reluctant because it became all the more real that I am leaving this wonderful parish and to quote Saturday Night Live, “De-nial ain’t just a river in Egypt!”
Actually it is not that I am really in denial, it is more that I leave you with a heavy heart, in fact a very grateful heart. In a future posting, I will share with you why I am so grateful to you.
In the meantime, I am still reflecting on the “mustard seed” parable of Jesus. There is so much there. Here are some very interesting words about the mustard seed from Fr. Richard Rohr:
The mustard seed is very small and insignificant. Pliny the Elder, a contemporary of Jesus, wrote a great big book called Natural History, in which he describes all the plants that were known in the Mediterranean world. He says only two things about the mustard plant: It’s medicinal, so it did have some value. But he said not to plant it because it tends to take over the entire garden. It is a weed that cannot be stopped. Those would have been the two images that Jesus was clearly building on: What I’m describing for you is therapeutic—it’s life, it’s healing, it’s medicinal—but it’s like a weed. What a shocking image, like a virus: I’m planting a weed in the world. I’m going to talk about stupid things like nonviolence and simple life, but they’re planted and they’re going to take over; the old world is over. I don’t know if it’s going to take two thousand years or four thousand years before you get the point, but I’ve planted what I know is eternal truth in the world and it’s going to take over.
—from Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount by Richard Rohr, OFM
on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:03AM