Faith, it seems, can be defined as the effort to believe in light when we’re covered by clouds.” Mark Nepo
We have just come through the season of Lent and experienced Holy Week, and are now in the midst of celebrating the Easter Season. We have, each in our own way, honored these seasons, perhaps through reading or listening to Scripture, going to prayer services and liturgies, reading spiritual books or listening to spiritual teachers, or deepening our prayer or meditation practice.
The Paschal Mystery is the most profound teaching that affects every experience of our lives. If we are truly attentive, we each live the Paschal Mystery over, and over, and over.
What does the Paschal Mystery teach us?
There is darkness. There is suffering. There is pain. There is sadness. There is despair.
There is light. There is love. There is joy. There is life. There is healing.
How would we know what light is without knowing darkness? How would we know what darkness is without knowing light?
When we are in the darkness of the tomb, we are also in the darkness of the womb. Both are pure darkness, and both lead to transformation (resurrection) and light. How often have we felt that we were shrouded in a dark cloud that covered over everything light, and good, and hopeful? How often have we felt like there was no light, or love, or joy, or hope in our lives? How often do we only see the dark clouds and forget that the light is still present, above, and around, and even at the very center of that darkness? The Paschal Mystery tells us this is true! There is always Light! There is always Love!
Faith is Trust! Faith really means that we trust that God is always present to us, in every moment, in every way, within us, and everywhere around us. With every breath we take, we are coming from and going to the great Source, Ground of our Being, Spirit, Light, Love………..
From the moment of our first breath after birth, to the moment of our last breath at our death, we are coming from God, and going back to God, immersed in a sea of God, floating in the light of God, one great continuous cycle of coming and going. We are never separated from this Spirit that holds, enfolds, penetrates, and dwells within us. Never!
Keep this Paschal Mystery close to your heart. Remember that even when covered by clouds, the sun is still shining. There has always been, and will always be, the great mystery of birth, death, transformation (resurrection), for each of us, with every breath we take, in every moment.
~ Take a few minutes each day to notice your breath. Notice how it comes and goes without you having to do anything. As you notice this, let your mind still upon the breath’s coming and going, and let the breath become Spirit’s coming and going. Let this Spirit flow into every cell of your body, settle deeply into your heart’s space, and flow out from you into the world.