From Season of Promises
“Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life,” says the Lord.
By these words, Christ urges us to mold our lives and characters in the image of his, if we wish to be truly enlightened and freed from all blindness of heart. Let us therefore see that we endeavor beyond all else to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ.
(Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ)
We think of “meditation” as esoteric, the concern of folks who live in monasteries, of interest to the occasional odd duck. The wandering guru from India teaches “meditation.” Certainly, we think, meditation is not to be taken seriously by your average person with a real life to live, mortgage or rent payments to make, a job to hold down, children to raise, a spouse to be married to and a car that needs an oil change.
Here’s the thing. We meditate every time we turn around. At its most basic, to meditate merely means “to reflect upon or ponder.” Without thinking, we meditate upon the values, ideals, and goals cherished by “the world.” We reflect upon how much we would like to have a great pile of money, then we buy a lottery ticket. We ponder the satisfaction to be had from owning a new car, if only we had the money to buy one.
When Thomas à Kempis wrote The Imitation of Christ in the early 15th century, he understood human nature well. He knew the need we have to meditate upon the gospels if we are to be “truly enlightened and freed from all blindness of heart.” This meditation is no esoteric matter. All we need to is take a few minutes each day to reflect upon a few lines from the gospels.
God of love, during Advent help me to have the desire to read and reflect upon the gospels, that I might be freed from all blindness of heart. Amen.