An important guest arrives

The mantra that I and some others use consist of three phrases: ‘God is present. God is here. God is now.’

The other day it occurred to me that the first phrase is like the moment a much-loved guest arrives and rings the doorbell. The second phrase welcomes the visitor into one’s home. And the final phrase, as one leads one’s guest into the main room of the house, results in some form of action, such as ‘Would you like a cup of tea?’

The practice of meditation should always flow into daily life. We meditate not just for ourselves but for others.

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4 thoughts on “An important guest arrives”

  1. Dear James,

    What a beautiful deep and simple message, a joy to receive on the feast of the Assumption!

    We’re in the middle of an utterly marvellous retreat preached by a Dominican, Paul Murray, who teaches in Rome.

    With love and joy, Philippa

  2. Each time I see you have posted, my heart is lifted in anticipation because I know it is always beautiful, always profound. So it is again with this beautiful message. Thank you so much.
    With love
    Elizabeth

    PS I agree with Philippa – a particular joy to receive on the Feast of the Assumption.

  3. James! Where are you? I welcome YOU into my heart after such a long absence! If you were here in Winchester, Geoffrey and I would say ‘Would you like a cup of tea?’

    With love,
    Melisa

    James, where are you? I welcome you into my heart and if you were here in Winchester, Geoffrey and I would say ‘Would you like a cup of tea?

    With love from Melisa

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