There’s a common expression to “play it safe.”  Meaning to be careful, to not go all in, to hedge your bets so as not to risk too much — so as not to loose control. 

Jesus was so unsafe. Everything Jesus did on the earth was unsafe. He frightened people, he broke laws, angered the establishment. And yet every single person that came to him was healed.

Following him means that I stand against much of what society strives for; to be secure, safe, to know what is going on — instantly. I usually feel unsafe giving my whole heart, without reserve, to whatever I may be doing. What if I look foolish, what if I do something inappropriate, like loose my temper, or reach out to love someone, and they don’t love me back? Most of the day I’m careful — I worry about the consequences of my actions.

But Jesus was so unsafe. At the Transfiguration, the one moment Jesus was revealed as God on earth, Mark writes in his Gospel that the disciples “did not know what to say, for they were terrified.”

Sometimes in feeling terrified we may be witnesses of something great, something very much bigger then ourselves, like the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration. The paradox is that by loving in a way that may feel unsafe, we end up making safe living possible. We are much safer living in the hope of something much grander, and much more everlasting than ourselves.  This idea can feel unsafe, but Jesus is safe.



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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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