By Melodious Monk

This past Sunday, the Church celebrated the feast of the Presentation. In the Alleluia proper for the day, I think the text from the Alleluia verse has something to teach me. A translation of the Latin reads, The old man carried the child; the child, however, was the ruler of the old man.” 

This chant’s music spends about 1/3 of the piece on the single word “autem,” Latin for  “but” or “however.” In this pivotal adverb lies a lot of mystery, and perhaps a good metaphor for our daily walks in life. Simeon carried the Christ child, but he knew that contained in this small baby was the reason he could finally rest in peace – he was grateful for the child to be his ruler.

Whether we remember it or not, we all carry a piece of this child with us where ever we go. So the “carrying” part is not the problem!  We do this well,  automatically in fact. The question lies in the word “autem.”  He is with us, however, will we let him rule?  Will we let him lift us up and carry our burdens?






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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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