Heaven on Earth

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB

You hear about all the negativity happening in the world, and the problem is not that it isn’t true (although sometimes that is the problem), but that we forget that there is always the Risen Lord to turn to.  They key is that all these negative things don’t have the final word.  Whenever we give negativity the higher place in our lives, we have chosen the wrong thing.  We can’t sit in that state, because then it has power over us, and eventually it wears us down. 

Never forget the power of the Risen Lord.  He has promised His Church that He will be with us, and so He will.  He already is.  In spite of everything, He is the victorious Lord.  It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look at and acknowledge all the negativity, but only that we don’t stop there.  We have the victorious Lord.  I always like being on the winning side, that’s just the way it is.  And with Him, I am.  Every day we have the chance to sing of His victory, and in doing that we are lifting the world up.  Remember that evil never has the last word; it’s always followed by an apostrophe, and the exclamation point that follows is Christ, the victory of Christ.

By doing and choosing the good things, and not allowing ourselves to sit in negativity, but choosing the Risen Lord, we will choose the right thing.  Let our focus be on our closeness to Christ.  Let me give you an example of this from the geese I was watching this morning walking through the field.  It was delightful—there were so many geese followed by their little goslings hopping through the grass.  And then I saw a blob in the field but couldn’t tell what it was, so I took the binoculars to get a better look.  It was two geese so close together that they looked like one.  What a beautiful image—so close that they looked like one.  If that can be our image with God, if that can be our choice, we’re already living a portion of heaven on earth.

Geese in a field near the Abbey

“The meadows of the wilderness also drip; the hills are robed with joy. The pastures are clothed with flocks, the valleys blanketed with grain; they cheer and sing for joy.

Psalm 65:13-14
Geese and goslings swimming in our pond