Removing Stones

May 14th, 2015 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized

stoneOverturning a rock reveals crawling grubs and squirming worms. Extremely important ecologically, these creatures enrich the soil and increase its porosity. They are part of a system in which sun, atmosphere, mineral fragments, chemical compounds, and living organisms interact. Unless we occasionally overturn a rock, we forget the life teeming below the surface.

Overturning the “rocks” of our minds lets us see life. Removing the stones gives new perception to old ways of thinking, unchallenged views, unhealed memories, prejudice, or other mental blocks. Like the women going to the tomb, we need to ask, “Who will roll back the stone for us?”

Standing before the rolled back stone to the tomb, the women with spices were given access to something much greater than a sepulcher. The open entrance gave access to belief in resurrection: “He has been raised up; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” The removed stone revealed life in its fullness-the resurrection life of the glorified Christ in which we now share.

God of Wonder, remove the stones that block life in us. And help us remove stones in others’ lives with our encouragement and support. With your divine life we can become our best selves—full of life.

 

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