Favorite things: coming home.
We are back from a beautiful Easter holiday and I am so grateful for the little things.
Our neighbor came over and asked us to walk down to the beach and watch the sunset with him, I’m thinking he was feeling a little alone, after spending Easter by himself.
As we walked I watched family after family in our little seaside town fishing together and enjoy the final hours of their holiday weekend.
As I watched them I was reminded of my reading about post resurrection Jesus.
At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”
“No,” they replied.
Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.
Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. (John 21:4-9 NLT)
I love that with Jesus, he didn’t yell at Peter for denying him, he didn’t chastise him or even confront him, Jesus cooked him some breakfast, he cooked him some fish.
Everything is spiritual.
We all try to place different components of our lives into different boxes.
However, I see that the dinner we had tonight with our neighbor; curry, that’s spiritual. Did we talk about spiritual things? No. It was a meal full of community, conversation and shared common-union (communion).
I get so annoyed when people overspiritualize things and make their conversations sound spiritual, to highlight their own piety.
Everything is spiritual, we don’t have to make it sound more spiritual to make ourselves look good.
Fishing is spiritual
Curry is spiritual
Life is full of spiritual moments, it’s just how you perceive them. They are not restricted to a church building, in fact Jesus had more encounters with people outside of the temple than in one. He told off the religious people in the temple for their over-spiritualized attitudes towards people.
Take a deep breath and soak in the spiritual, it’s everywhere.