Days When Nothing Much Seems To Happen

The title of this post may be tempting fate, but most of us experience days when nothing much seems to happen. We just get on with things and the routine of life seems as dull and uneventful as ever. Even the weather conspires to reinforce the sense of ordinariness. But, and I admit it is a very great ‘but’, it is precisely at such times and in such circumstances that we ‘work out our salvation in fear and trembling.’ Today St Benedict sets before us the twelfth step of humility (RB 7. 62–70). It contains both a wonderful promise and a powerful warning. We must make a habit of virtue and move from fear to love in our following of Christ. We ourselves will probably never notice the turning-point. It’s unlikely to be a Road to Damascus experience or anything that will impress itself on us in a dramatic way. For most of us it will be gradual, imperceptible, something that occurs on one of those days when nothing much seems to happen. That is why they matter so much.

Note: if you are interested in St Benedict’s seventh chapter, On Humility, I have written many posts on the different steps he identifies, including, in 2015, a connected series of posts which begins here and covers the whole chapter systematically — or as systematically as I ever manage.

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3 thoughts on “Days When Nothing Much Seems To Happen”

  1. Than you for a reminder that the normal or routine is just as important as the out of the normal.

    I am currently writing a sermon for Sunday, concentrating on Matthew 22:15-22. Where Jesus is challenged by his enemies about paying tax to Caesar or to God.

    I’m drawn towards how Caesar’s image on the coin was that of a false God, and how Jesus responded.

    But the underlying point being of God’s image, imprinted on us, gives us the the pointer to what belongs to God, not Caesar.
    Us. And if he is with us all of the time, the normal or routine is equally important as each other, as we offer all to God through our work, worship or just living.

  2. I really long to reach that turning point, when I will be less like Martha and more like Mary. I’m still struggling with what I’ve heard described as “muscular Christianity” not trusting fully in the Lord but trying to “do” it myself. Thank you for your encouragement.

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