Monday 12 October 2015

Our vocatio to be the House of Bethany

Called to be the House of Bethany - Martha, Mary, and perhaps also Lazarus all together and at the same time. To serve the Body of the Lord, as Martha did, but also to sit, or at least to long to sit at his feet, like Mary.

It is not the work that is the problem, but the way we work. If Martha had not complained, Jesus would not have scolded her.

It is not the work, but the love that moves one to work and the other to sit.

So the question is: How do I work? Why do I work?

The better part: the part that will LAST. Da mihi animas caetera tolle. Even the work is directed towards that end, the end that is RESTING in the Lord - which is what Mary is doing, and which is the better part, the part that will not be taken away.

So the question is not whether or not I have the time to sit. The question is, would I sit if I had the time? Or would I fill up my time, somehow?

And I remember the Kierkegaard remark about BOREDOM.
Kierkegaard makes an interesting connection between boredom and God. Does that sound right? I thought it did... The connection between boredom and emptiness is easier to understand, but this one is interesting: God and meaningfulness, emptiness, boredom and meaninglessness.
"In Kierkegaard’s mind there was no doubt that the relentless pursuit of pleasure and the inevitable boredom that follows is the sign of a deep spiritual malaise. In a purely naturalistic world were God has no place, boredom is first citizen." (Ashley Miranda, "Soren Kierkegaard and the Militant Atheism of our Times")

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