Ordinary Wonders II

by Melodius Monk      
Recently I was cleaning the filters on the church air system. It was a very busy day, and I was trying to get them rinsed quickly in between a few other time-sensitive afternoon jobs, and feeling rather stressed in general.  I needed to give the filters a few minutes to dry, I had to teach a music lesson at 4:00, and was running out of time.  I raced out a garden hose and started spraying the filters in the grass out of the path way so as not to leave a mess for foot traffic.  Standing there spraying I noticed intriguing blossoms on the tree in front of me. I walk by this several times a day but have never taken the time to stop and really look.  There’s so much variety and variation on the branches and leaves, not to mention the bees carefully hovering, and the birds swooping in and out gracefully.  If I can keep my eyes open, I wonder what other marvels might catch me by surprise today?
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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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