I live in Dublin, Ireland. Sometimes. Most times I live in my head, quite unaware of my surroundings – if you know what I mean… If you succeed in tracking Sean Walsh, please let me know, ok? I've been searching for him for years…
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” (Matt 6: 6) Unseen - but there for all that... Stay in, stay safe. Wash your hands - the all-too-familiar diktats of the Pandemic. Now here’s a thing: social distancing does not cut ice with Jesus Christ!.. He is having none of it! On the contrary, He invites us - Come to Me – to search for Him, seek Him out, find Him… go to Him… touch Him – even the hem of His garment… Sure you only have to turn to Him to find He is already turned to you! Arms outreaching - to welcome, embrace, shelter... Then cling to Him! Yes, cling to Him! And this you can do very well – oh, not in a packed hall or crowded arena – but in the quiet of your own space – your house, home, room… And in so doing you may well encounter the Risen Christ - better, richer, more telling – than ever before… Why? Because - and this is the thing - the company of Jesus – His friendship – nourished by a deep, deepening awareness of his presence in the privacy of one’s own space - was – is - and always will be – of the utmost importance. Words?.. A few… maybe… some times. But more to the point: an awareness of Presence…. the warm realization that there is Someone... Another close by… beside you… at your side… sharing your space… And the meaning of the Risen Jesus will surely come home to you, anew… But it is only in quiet, in stillness, that the Spirit will stir in your soul… the Sacred Heart… speak to your heart. Stay in, stay safe… with Jesus. Sean Walsh.
(Written – and rewritten! –
during Lock down, summer, 2020.)