23. Jan, 2014


'There is no such thing as my bread. All bread is ours and is given to me, to others, through me, and to others through others. For all things necessary for sustenance in this life are given on loan to us".(Meister Eckhart 1260-1329). Here Eckhart is underlining the realities of our existence. We can close our doors mentally and materially to the presence of others in the world; we can grab riches to the point of excess; we can make military decisions that harm others, but in so doing we are ignoring the fundamental fact, that LIFE is a GIFT. By definition it cannot have been given to be squeezed, stamped on by those in power. Nor we make our own walls of fortification even if those close to us are aiming arrows in our direction. Rather, we should reflect on the image of BREAD . This food is the staple of our existence. So, what can we give today to others? It can be material, yes, but also mental, emotional bread. We can question and campaign for better living conditions; better political decisions but most importantly we must reflect on our selves. What am I not doing? How can I give more BREAD to others?

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) motivates us with her address to anything that may be blocking us internally -'Good people, Most royal greening verdancy, rooted in the sun, You shine with a radiant light'. So, all is not lost! 

To conclude, we have been offered a prototype of a revolutionary who is both an active agent, but also one who reflects with joy on his origin, taking care, as St.Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) wrote,'a blind horse does itself more harm, the faster it gallops.' Thank you. 

Tom Baxter