March 14

Reflection

According to ancient Celtic spirituality, a “thin place” is a place where the visible world of our daily experience and the sacred intersect. It is an experience where these two levels of reality meet. The wilderness is often a metaphor for a “thin place”. There is no comfort there except for God. The story of Jesus in the desert describes a transforming journey into the wilderness, a time of exploration and discovery. We do not know exactly what happened during these forty days. What we do know is, that in his encounter with God, he received the clarity, conviction and courage to accept and begin his mission.

Prayer

Your ways, O God, make known to me; teach me your paths,
Psalm 25

Action 

Have you experienced “thin places” in your life? How has the experience changed you?
Where do you go from here?

Suggested Reading

 The Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert.
Mark 1:12-15 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2

Life is simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through all of the time. This is just not a fable or nice story. It is true. If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe more frequently. God shows Himself everywhere, in everything—in people and in things and in nature and events. It becomes very obvious that God is everywhere and in everything and we cannot be without God. It’s impossible. The only thing is that we don’t know it.
Thomas Merton

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Silence is our true teacher because it speaks the language of our soul.
Michael Jeffreys

With a closed mind and heart, the light cannot enter.
Shelby Taylor Weaver

The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul.
Nicholas Kristoff

Wilderness is a necessity there must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.
John Muir

The wilderness is a place of an encounter with the creator.
Lailah Gifty Akita

 The wilderness is a place that every believer has to experience to be molded for their divine purpose.
E’yen A. Gardner

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