Sometimes when I watch birds dart to and fro, I dream of having some of their qualities. There’s the obvious quickness I would have loved as an athlete, but there is another quality that I cannot easily grasp, one that I feel content to sit and admire. The little birds stop and start so decisively, so seemingly in control and confident to stop, to start, to wait, to listen, to cease. Maybe it’s the listening and ceasing that appeals? 
The birds seem free to bounce from branch to branch, suddenly soaring across the yard at some un-foreseen whim. They may stop at a spot on the grass for food, atop telephone lines for a chat with friends, but best of all they entertain with a series of deft defying acrobatics with no fear or worry. Maybe this is what I covet — to live by Jesus’ promise that worrying will not add anything to my life. In the Gospel Jesus uses the sparrows as an example, and today he reminds me as I observe the little creatures, that by trusting in His kingdom, all the things I covet, and more, will be given.


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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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