St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

October 2013

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Christ is in our midst!

"God is hidden in the here and now. The more you seek Him, the more He will reveal Himself to you."
       - Angelius Silesius

It is so simple. The Kingdom of heaven "which is to come" is embedded in the creation here and now.  If we look deeply into everything we discover it. We find Him who has not made a secret of this, but who waits for us to open our hearts and minds to show us.  Even Henry Miller, the author of Tropic of Cancer recognized something cosmic was going on in small things.

"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
       - Henry Miller

We keep looking for the big things, thinking God is in them especially, but this is not true. He is as much in the little things as He is in the great ones, maybe even more so according to the Old Testament. Elijah listened for Him in the earthquake and the storm, but He was not there!  Instead, God revealed Himself in a still, small voice.  It has to be very quiet to hear that voice.  God, it seems, is the humblest of all.

We are small and we are great. Small in comparison to God and the cosmos, great in that we are gifted with the divine image.  So what if we were to make the effort to look deeply enough, listen closely enough to the little things without and within?  What wonders we would see!

Love and Blessings,
+ Fr. Antony