My father was an engineer. He had one of those minds. (No judgment – at least not any longer.) It was innate in him. Gift or a curse, he was analytical, detailed, logical and mathematical.  If you described an engineer it could have been my father. Pop gave a very good effort at getting one of his children to follow in his footsteps but had no success. He taught us about Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BCE), a Greek philosopher and mathematician.  Archimedes once said, “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the whole earth with a lever.” I share this with you because I read a reflection by Richard Rohr entitled “Standing Still, Moving the World.”  He wrote, “Archimedes noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could move proportionally much greater weights than the force actually applied. He calculated that if the lever stretched far enough and the fulcrum point remained fixed close to Earth, even a small weight at one end would be able to move the world at the other.” Rohr goes on to write, “The fixed point is our place to stand. It is a contemplative stance: steady, centered, poised, and rooted. To be contemplative, we have to have a slight distance from the world to allow time for withdrawal from business as usual, for contemplation, for going into what Jesus calls our “private room” (Matthew 6:6). We have to remain quite close to the world at the same time, loving it, feeling its pain and its joy as our pain and our joy. The fulcrum, that balancing point, must be in the real world.” Then he makes an interesting observation. “Unfortunately, many of us don’t have a fixed place to stand… We do not have the steadiness of spiritual practice to keep our sight keen and alive.  God offers us quiet, contemplative eyes; and God also calls us to prophetic and critical involvement in the pain and sufferings of our world—both at the same time.” That is an essential part of the life and ministry of Jesus and it is an essential part of our daily faithfulness as well.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:21
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

Reflection Questions:
What does a “slight distance from the world” mean to you?
What spiritual practices do you need/want to strengthen to keep
your sight keen?
In what ways are you being trustworthy with the gifts that God provides you?

Prayer: Holy God, when I don’t think it’s possible remind me that all things are possible for those who believe. Let me know that my faithfulness does make a difference. Amen.

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