Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tuned In


Yesterday and today I've been reflecting on Richard Rohr's idea of prayer as "resonance" in his book The Naked Now. He suggests that prayer is like setting out a tuning fork. "All you can really do in the spiritual life is get tuned to receive the always present message....The Sender is absolutely and always present and broadcasting; the only change is with the receiver station." It has nothing to do with deserving it or with belonging to a certain group. It is available to anyone.
I remembered reading a while back about a ship at sea reciving on its radio a news broadcast that the Pope had just died. They already knew that the Pope had died a few weeks earlier. Their radio just happened to be tuned to a frequency that enabled them to pick up an old broadcast.
The Resurrection means that Jesus is alive right now and sending. Prayer is being tuned to the frequency that will enable me to pick up the ever present Jesus.
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