How do we address the large issues facing our time: Black Lives Matter, climate change, the persistence of poverty and inequality? Dialogue enables us to listen with openness and humility, and moves us to respond.
I heard the singer before I saw him: a deep natural voice and a lilting folk song.
He was free and was singing of it: without agenda, anxiety or ambition; alone on a bicycle and together with the universe around him.
Clearings do as they say if we accept their invitation to sit and be. What is tangled, busy, anxious and self-preoccupied can be released into the space they offer. God begins to unravel us if only we allow the room.
Could God be like this: so generous, patient and persistent? Is that other God of demand and fear a projection of all that is wounded and wounding in humankind? What might happen if we dared – in spite of our fears – to act as if it were so?
Luke's Gospel introduces us to Martha, who welcomes the traveller, Jesus, into her home. She provides him not just with food, but a place to rest and to be among friends. Others see Jesus as the preacher and healer – someone who will give them what they need. Martha sees the human being who is hungry and tired; she asks nothing of him. Martha is a spiritual woman, attentive to what is going on in the moment, and able to look beyond her own needs to make room for the unexpected guest.