First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Monday, March 27, 2006

Sunrise 6:02 am: Mustard, parables and grace


The Dawn Joggers took off in bright sunlight this morning intent to enjoy every ray as they march toward the darkness of impending daylight saving time. The abundant mustard between the bike path and Stanford golf course had a nice Bruin gold glow to it. (Superstitious or not, seems best to keep the omens going.)

Mustard, it turns out, is a very ecumenical plant, featured in all the major world religions. Given its wide appearance in the various traditions, it seems appropriate to read what Trappist monk Fr. Thomas Keating, who has worked hard to foster understanding among the world's religions, discerns from the parable of the mustard seed. In his gently instructive way, he reminds us that it's about accepting grace in everyday life not external accomplishments.

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