Empty Your Cup, and Become What You Receive


I will post the regular Sunday reflection tomorrow afternoon but one of my favorite Deacons, David Backes, is preaching this weekend and he was kind enough to share his homily online.  His homily is a wonderful story of how a young Jesuit novice opens himself up to others (in this case, youth who are perceived as outcasts of society) and in doing so, both the Jesuit and the youths are changed.  As part of the homily, Deacon Backes includes a wonderful zen parable that highlights the need to open up to others:

A university professor went to a Zen master to learn about Zen. The master served tea, and when he had filled the professor’s cup he kept pouring. Finally the professor cried out, “Stop pouring! The cup is full!” The Zen master replied, “Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

I encourage you to read the full homily here.

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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