We acknowledge our sharing not only in Jesus’ life, but also in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We share this from the inside out. That is, the crucified Jesus has become alive within you through your baptism. Where is Jesus to be found now? In you.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Larry Young - Hello Your Quietness (islands)
This mediation brought me to an expression I always heard in catholic school. “Take up your cross”. This was understood to mean accept your miserable fate. Suffer, struggle, and wish it could be even worse. That expression now says to me to live. Live for something. Make it a meaningful life. Expect there will be days and periods of struggle and doubt. But recognize them for what they are in the big picture and recognize the opportunities inherent in them. Grow deeper with life and the joy to be felt will be deeper. As a musical seam to this idea, Larry Young is a well known jazz organist, having recorded many great Blue Note albums in a sort of soul funk jazz groove. Many hip hop artists have sampled his work. The delights of those records are clear. And then what comes next in his work is stunning. As that Blue Note-era sound dimmed in popularity, Young was exploring and searching as an artist, and clearly, as a person as well, as this massive, magnificent song testifies. He is deep into something he lives. He is where he should be in his life, it would seem. And the deep roots of this epic rarity give deep nourishment. I take up the cross to live!