THE GIFT OF FIRE

There’s this guy who invented fire.  He takes the tools for making fire and goes up to the north, where there are some tribes shivering in the cold.  He teaches them the art and the advantages of making fire.  And the people become interested.  they learn.  And what do they know? Pretty soon they’re cooking, they’re using the fire for building.  And before they had time to say thanks to the inventor, he had disappeared.  He didn’t want any thanks; he just wanted people to benefit from his invention.

He goes to another tribe, and he attempts to interest them also in his new invention.  But he ran into a snag there, see?  The priests began to realize how popular the guy was becoming and how their own influence on the people was diminishing.  So they decided to poison him.  A suspicion arose among the people that it was the priests who had done it, so you know what the priests did?

They had a huge portrait made of the man.  They put it on the main altar in the temple.  They devised a liturgy by which the man would be honoured, a ritual; and year after year, people came to pay homage to the great inventor and to the instruments for making fire.  And the ritual was faithfully observed.  But there was no fire.  No fire.  Ritual.  Remembrance.  Gratitude.  Veneration.  Yes.  But no fire.

Source | Anthony de Mello, Rediscovering Life. Pages 102-104

PONDER AND CONSIDER

“Why do you call me Lord Lord and fail to do what I tell you?” [Luke 6:46]
And what is it we’re told to do? Love. Be kind.  Be compassionate. Be merciful. Forgive.

  • Are you trapped by the need for recognition or fuelled and propelled by the urgent longing to make a difference and make the world a better place?
  • What is your reaction to the success and popularity of others?
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Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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