Vestri Capilli Capitis

by Melodius Monk

One of the Lauds antiphons this morning was this text from Luke: Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Singing in Latin, the onomatopoeia of the text makes me laugh with all its crisp consonant sounds when these words are said out loud: “vestri capilli capitis” – meaning, “the hairs of your head are all numbered.”

I wonder why God would ever care to know how many hairs are on my head; a number that probably changes slightly daily for all the seven billion people God has to look out for! Perhaps the silliness of this analogy is part of Jesus’ point to us. In our daily life, equipped with our ever more powerful and slimmer smart-phones and other synching gadgets, it’s easy to feel very powerful and in control, and to forget that our true power comes not from ourselves, but from the Father’s spirit living in us and around us.

When we get afraid, or too stressed out about all the many paradoxes in our lives, we can laugh with Jesus’ words, vestri capilli capitis, and remember that he is in charge and has good intentions for all things, even our hair.

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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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