An Invitation to Life
September 12, 2015 | Monastic MusingsReflections from some of the nuns
Hospitality is an invitation to life. It is warm, nourishing, kindly and friendly. The wonderful poet Hafiz speaks of this invitation.
A Divine Invitation
You have been invited to meet
No one can resist a Divine Invitation
That narrows down all our choices
To just two:
We can come to God
Dressed for Dancing,
Be carried on a stretcher
To God’s Ward.
It reminds me of the choices I am free to make moment by moment in my daily life. St Benedict asks that we greet Christ in the guest and in each other. Do I walk out in my daily life, dressed for dancing and open to engaging in the dance of life? Whenever I am able to do this life is lighter and the love of God is met in self and in others. There are times when I am unable to do this, and then indeed I am carried on a stretcher to God’s Ward. The remarkable thing is that in the charism of hospitality – there is also found the hospice or hospital – where care and healing and safety can be found for healing the suffering wounds of life. So it is not a matter one or the other but both are always present. There is no right or wrong, but simply a great loving heart of God that invites us to come. We are welcome, just as we are and will be embraced as our needs require – one day swept up into the delightful dance and another perhaps drawn into the healing embrace of our all loving God.
Sr Magdalen Mather osb