Readings for 1/1/2012

An excerpt from John Main OSB from THE BURNING HEART: Reading the New Testament with John Main, ed by Gregory Ryan (London: Darton, Longman + Todd, 1996), pp. 42-43.

For the same God who said, “Out of darkness let light shine,” has caused his light to shine within us, to give the light of revelation—the revelation of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:6)

Christ is light. He is the light that gives range and depth to our vision. He is also, in his fully realized consciousness, the eyes with which we see the Father in the divine perspective.

Without his light our vision would be tied to the partial dimension and our spirit could not soar above itself into the infinite liberty and crystal clarity of the unified state. Our consciousness would, however wonderful, remain an observer on the periphery, . . .unfulfilled by union with his consciousness, uncoordinated with his Body. . . ... 

But the light that transforms our weakness, that makes our limitations the crucible in which his power is brought to perfection, has been freely given, poured into our heart as the pure effulgence of the Father, for Christ is the radiance of the Father.

The light we need to empower our vision is not less than this radiance, the glory of God itself. . .
For those of us humbly treading the pilgrimage of prayer into this experience of light, this is the only fundamental knowledge we need. . . . (The Present Christ, pp. 15-160

After Mediation, from UNSEEN RAIN : Quatrains of Rumi, by John Moyne and Coleman Barks (Putney, VT:1986) p. 11.

Some nights, stay up till dawn,
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, lifted out into the light.