A few years ago I was walking across the North Quad of the Christchurch Arts Centre as a mother was hurrying her toddler pulling him by the hand as he resisted and gazed into the sky.
The mother was getting more and more frustrated as the child tried to convince her that there was a church floating in the sky. She had no patience for her child’s fantasy and became more frustrated at the little boy’s resistance.
The last sound I heard as I left the quad was the child through tears insisting again: “But mummy, there IS a church in the sky.”
And the toddler was right.
Suspended high between the old stone buildings was Neil Dawson’s Echo sculpture, easily missed by passers-by more interested in their feet or their phones. It took an elevated glance to notice the sculpture and needed a child-like attitude of wonder to appreciate and delight in the work.
While it’s easy to quickly say that something or someone is wonderful, a child is more likely to gaze at the world as one full of wonder. Unfortunately as we “grow up” and try to take control of our lives we un-learn the ability to appreciate all that surrounds us.
Now take a moment to read today’s gospel.
- Practice using your physical senses, hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch to deeply appreciate with wonder the presence of Jesus with you today.
- Take a few minutes in stillness and silence to savour the fact that the Father has entrusted the gift of faith of you, not because you are learned and clever, but simply because you are you.