Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday are one long feast for the senses as we taste, touch, smell, hear and see God’s love made manifest in bread and wine; in water and towel; in fire and oil; in word and action; in sign, symbol and sacrament. What is the meaning of all that we do these Three Days? Love is the meaning.
Pharoah Sanders - The Creator Has a Master Plan (Live in Tokyo 2003)
Holy Thursday is a day of such fullness and significance. I sit and contemplate. All of the human experience seems to be contained in one way or another. In Br. James’ meditation, I am particularly drawn to the water and towel element. Jesus washing the feet of his companions; this act of humble, generous thoughtfulness, and, quite necessary in the context of the times the events took place. It seems a recurring theme for me in these meditations is the surrender of self; the counterintuitive truth that in giving of myself sacrificially, I am enhanced and nourished in a way that is not only fulfilling, bur perhaps unattainable in any other way. Every so often I have moments where there is tangibly obvious. More often, this is a balancing process, at times a mystery. Pharoah Sanders captures the eternal groove with The Creator Has a Master Plan. When the mystery strikes fear within me, this song, in any of its extraordinary versions, brings me to peace.