Lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the
sea in two.
Our twenty-first-century world is rinsed of magic and
miracle. That’s one reason I love being part of an ancient and
immense Church. In almost every reading we hear of
wondrous deeds. Today it’s Moses, standing like a great
sorcerer on the edge of the sea, his hair and cape blown wild,
his staff held high. Today we also celebrate St. Sharbel
Makhluf, a Lebanese monk who spent twenty-three years as a
hermit. Each night in front of the altar, he knelt ecstatic on a
dish of canes, and when he died light shot out from his tomb.
Some may dismiss all of this as fantasy or insanity, forgetting
that ancient and immense force, great enough to split the
seas and sustain our joy in solitude and death.
Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.
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