Let Faith Measure the Present Moment Before the Mind Has a Chance

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 49

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

–John 20:1-9 (ESV)

You will find, in each moment, as much as you have faith for.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Allow me to use the story of the two disciples as an allegory, with the empty tomb being the present moment. The disciple who believed arrived at the tomb first, but did not go in. Peter arrived second and went in. Only then did the first disciple enter the empty tomb, and seeing it, he believed.

Now, as for the present moment: imagine that faith gets there first, but it waits for the mind to arrive and investigate. Faith then follows understanding. Our mind evaluates the present moment, determines what it is good for, and even how holy it is. This will not do. Let faith not hesitate or defer to the judgment of the mind. Let faith see the empty tomb (the present moment) before the mind even arrives on the scene.

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