Monday, 17 December 2007

Advent light in the darkness

"The future will be different if we make the present different."
Peter Maurin
"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?"
Dorothy Day

Over the weekend I heard again the gospel passage about John the Baptist calling the Pharisees a brood of vipers. I also read as a break from proof-reading a little about the commitment to the poorest in our societies of Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day. And I felt very challenged for meanwhile at home champagne has been delivered and preparations for the feast with our families arriving from England ought to be underway. So much for living more simply.
This morning in chapel our three young interns danced an Eastern dance of light for us as we say goodbye to them. The person who took the you tube film had never done this before so the quality is not great, but the dance of light on a dark December morning spoke better than any wordy sermon. And we heard in various langauges the promise that "word became flesh". Tears will be shed as Beatrice, Ngu Wah and Sina return to Sudan, Burma and Germany. The liturgy they prepared can be found here.