A Quiet Sunday

For many, the sixth Sunday of Easter is less important than the fact that this is the first May Bank Holiday week-end and the weather is glorious. It would be silly, as well as churlish, not to rejoice in both. The extra leisure that the Bank Holiday gives, the sunshine, and the richness of the Eastertide liturgy transform the quietness of Sunday into something more, something immensely attractive and creative.

We have the gospel of John 15.9-17 to electrify us with its promise of friendship with Christ IF we do as he commands, and a whole day in which to live in his presence, rejoicing that the world contains so much beauty. Here in the monastery that means the regular round of prayer and reading is maintained, out of sight of everyone except God and ourselves; the monastic dinner is rather better, and the monastery dog indulged a little more, than on other days of the week; and there is a total ban on anything that might lead to arguments and disputes — no ‘fraternal corrections’ of any kind! This is not absence or emptiness or constraint; it is trying to live as we are meant to live every day of the week. As today’s reading from the Rule reminds us, our lives are lengthened so that we may amend our evil ways. (RB Prol. 33-38) Our ways may not seem very evil to us, but we all fall short of the glory of God and have something more to learn until our very last breath. Today is a day of boundless possibility. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


5 thoughts on “A Quiet Sunday”

  1. I can remember thinking that if we treated every day like the Sabbath, how different things might be in our lives and each others lives.

    When Jesus says that if we abide in him, he will abide in us, how wonderful a promise that is – and how hard to hold onto as well.

    I do try, but don’t always succeed, but just being reminded when I fall short (all to often) is enough to make me try to make amends.

    That wonderful hymn “Abide with Me’ does remind us if we just ponder on the words

  2. Dear Sister Catherine

    Wishing you well, you may not be up to it or may not wish to However on a tweet of 6 May your last part of sentence
    ” but being a Benedictine is my raison d’être. :)”. I guess 🙂 means it was light hearted, however if you were ever in the mood to expand on it in a blog, that would be interesting, ( or you may have blogged previously) perhaps in comparison with Christian , monastic.
    It might just have been a throw away remark.

    • I meant what I said, no irony intended. I hope every post in this blog expresses something of what it is to be a Benedictine, though some reflect on the Benedictine vocation more than others. When I get back from hospital I’ll try to gather a few links together for you, or you could do a search in the sidebar. And 🙂 just expresses my (generally) cheerful nature!

      • Thanks, Sister Catherine, hope all goes as well as it possibly ( or in- possibly) can. I can do some searching on the side bar. – raison d’ etre. or Benedictine……..:) . That will satisfy my curiosity. I just found it an interesting phrase.

        Hope you can conserve your strength , as much as you are able.

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