“Pick me up and throw me into the sea”

by Melodius Monk                  
Standing at Eucharist this morning, my mind drifted away from the reading of the book of   1st Kings. It landed on an argument I’d had last night with another brother that still wasn’t resolved. Thinking about it made me feel upset all over again. The memory brought back the same anger and hurt feelings, and reminded me of the mean words I had thrown out my mouth at him. My defense theory was building well when this image of Jonah caught my eye.
I’d never seen it as such an active move on Jonah’s part. Emotionally, I was not ready to jump back into the stormy sea, even if this is what God wanted. But, like Jonah, sometimes it takes a very bold and active choice to calm the waters inside.
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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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