Touché December 1, 2017
Posted on December 1, 2017 by under Touché,


A Day Away

“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10)

Get thee to a monastery!  A few of us will follow that command this Saturday.  We will be still as we move into the Advent season in anticipation of the coming of Christmas.  We will have a day of silence and reflection on the Psalms of Advent.  I hope all of us will have some time to be still, and know that God is God in this season of great busyness and activity.  The invitation to quiet and contemplation comes in the imperative mode in Psalm 46.  The punctuation the New Revised Standard Version uses is an exclamation point.  It is as if the Psalmist is saying you need this as a command for your mental, emotional and spiritual life.

There is so much in our life that keeps us from reflection and contemplation. It is no wonder the Bible calls us to be still, take stock and know that God is in charge.  The exclamation point comes as well when Jesus calms the sea and says: “Peace, be still!”  The one who created us calls us to calm down and trust.  It was Jesus who spent many days away going to a quiet place to be restored in his relationship with the Father.  If Jesus needed it, we all need it.  Be still, and know that I am God!

I hope you find time to get away this Advent, whether it is in your backyard or a monastery.  Take some time to be still.  It’s not simply a suggestion; it is a command that helps you keep your sanity and your spirituality.

If you would like to join us for the Day Away at Graymoor Friary, you are welcome.  We begin at 9 AM and end at 4 PM.  We meet at the St. Francis Chapel at the top of the hill at 1350 Route 9, Garrison, NY.  Hit reply and let me know if you did not respond on the Connection Card.

May you have a peaceful Advent,