June 9

Reflection

To be spiritual is to have an abiding respect for the great mysteries of life — the profound distinctiveness of other souls, the strange beauty of nature and the animal world, the ineffable complexity of our inner selves, the unfathomable depths of the Inexplicable One. The first step in the practice of mystery is to cherish the baffling, curious, hidden, and inscrutable dimensions of your existence and the world around you. It is an affront to the modern need have answers to every question and our tendency to create tidy systems with a cubbyhole for every problem and aspiration.
The antidote to these reductionist approaches is to rest in the riddle of not knowing.
Spirituality and Practice

Prayer

Blessed is the Creator of the Universe who lives in mystery.

Action

Take time to really see what is right in front of you.

Suggested Reading

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are God’s judgments and how inscrutable God’s ways! “For who has known the mind of God, or who has been God’s counselor?
Romans 11:33-36

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
Charles Dickens

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
Anne Lamott

Mysteries are not to be solved. The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.
Jalaluddin Rumi

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.
Annie Dillard

To love God is to follow the mystery, to be led by its showing and withdrawing.
John S. Dunne

Paradox is in fact a hallmark of western spirituality, an ongoing reminder that mystery is the heart, the atmosphere and completion of our spiritual quest, that the ultimately untouchable is forever at our fingertips.
John Kirvan

Tags: