Jumanji

by Melodius Monk  

This Sunday starts another year in the church. Unfortunately, sometimes it can feel like just another year. In the scripture reading at Eucharist yesterday, we heard in the book of Revelation about John’s vision of heaven, and of the end of time when Christ’s mission will be fulfilled. Listening to these visions, and staring at the bible stories and procession of nations on the walls, I was reminded of Jumanji, a movie where the wildlife from a board game comes to full life, transforming the boy’s house to a sea…or the jungle. I wondered what it would sound like if the fresco, mosaic, and stone images came to life. I could hear the sheep “baa-ing” at the manger, the cacophony of sounds as animals boarded Noah’s ark, the crackling of fire for the animal offerings at the temple, the sound of a rushing wind at Pentecost, the roaring waters both from the walls of water being held back at Moses’ request, and the sound of many waters created by the wings of the four living creatures of Ezekiel’s vision……just to name a few. Our church, along with every other member of the body of Christ, is heading cumulatively towards Revelation’s fulfillment. With heaven as our destiny, and in the spirit of the season, we can choose to be grateful for all of it, past, present and future. And in doing so, it is never just another year.
 
 
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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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