the present

I’ve been reading the Richard Rohr emails each night.  This one is from last night – I’ve been thinking about it all day.  I need help living in the present.

Jesus said it to us quite clearly: “Why do you worry like the pagans do?  What shall I eat? What shall I drink?  What shall I wear?”  (Matthew 6:31).  But for some reason, the human mind feels most useful when it reprocesses the past and worries about the future.

For some reason, the mind cannot just be present to the moment, where it could find delight in the “birds in the sky” and the “lilies of the field” that Jesus has just described as the simple antidote to all of our “worrying.” He says “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself” (6:34).

Jesus clearly lived in the now or he could not have talked so foolishly.  When we live in the present we tend to notice the natural world, when we live in our heads, we compare, worry, and judge.

Adapted from Preparing for Christmas with Richard Rohr, p. 35

now playing:  Over the Rhine – Only God Can Save Us Now – check out the video.  beautifully tragic stuff.

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