In a recent reflection Fr. Richard Rohr writes, “I was on retreat in Merton’s Kentucky hermitage. One of the ex-abbots had been a recluse, a hermit’s hermit, for years. The recluses come into the community only for Christmas and Easter. The rest of the time they stay in the forest alone with God and themselves. I was going down a little trail from my hermitage, and I saw him coming toward me. I recognized him since I knew him from years before. I felt it was not my place to intrude on his privacy or silence, so I bowed my head, moved to the side of the path and was going to walk past him. When I was about four feet from him, he said, “Richard!” That surprised me. He was supposed to be a recluse. How did he know I was there? . . . He said, “Richard, you get chances to preach and I don’t. When you’re out there preaching, just tell the people one thing. God is not ‘out there.’ (And he pointed to the sky.) God bless you.” And he went on down the road. Rohr goes on to say, I have no doubt that the recluse I encountered so many decades ago was a mystic, someone who had encountered the Implanted Spirit within himself. This is the “putting together” that Jesus encouraged us all to do, particularly through his healing ministry when he repeatedly proclaimed, “Your faith has saved you, now go in peace!” My colleague Barbara Holmes understands mysticism as the “putting together” of our own divided lives, providing hope for oppressed people and people everywhere and of all times.”

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:13-14
“Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.”

Reflection Questions:
What does encountering the Implanted Spirit within mean to you?
How are you providing hope for others?
What treasures have God entrust to you?

Prayer: Holy God, keep me mindful of the gifts I possess and ever so responsive to sharing them with others.  Remind me that a gift is not a gift until I give it away. Let me be generous in sharing. Amen