Monasteries of the Heart

Transformation through Kenosis

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Lectio Divina: Luke 12:32

Do not store up treasures on earth,
For it is your Father’s good pleasure
To give you the kingdom.

Jesus modeled kenosis as the path of transformation—in Greek, “letting go” or "emptying oneself"

"There is nothing to be renounced or resisted. Everything can be embraced, but the catch is to cling to nothing. You let it go. Divine love is infinite and immediate and will always come to us if we don't cling. Often our own small acts of heroism and sacrifice seem pointless—except that what the Trinity assures us is that no act of kenosis is ever isolated, no matter how meaningless it looks, no matter how disconnected, no matter how unproductive in terms of [apparent] reward and gain. It connects us instantly with the whole of God, allowing divine love to become manifest in some new and profound dimension."

--Cynthia Bourgeault, The Wisdom Jesus

Love is recklessness, not reason
Reason seeks a profit.
Love comes on strong, consuming herself, unabashed.

Yet in the midst of suffering,
Love proceeds like a millstone,
Hard-surfaced and straight forward.

Having died to self-interest,
She risks everything and asks for nothing.
Love gambles away every gift God bestows.


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