The Light Within
His disciples said, "Show us the place where you are, for we must
He said to them, "Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There
is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world."
(from Saying 24, Gospel of Thomas)
Meister Eckhart wrote, "As thou art in church or cell, that same
frame of mind carry out into the world, into its turmoil and its
fitfulness." Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary
of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to
which we may continually return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing
upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an
astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself. Yielding to these
persuasions, gladly committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly
and completely, to the Light Within, is the beginning of true life.
It is a dynamic center, a creative Life that presses to birth within
us. It is a Light Within that illumines the face of God and casts new
shadows and new glories upon the human face. It is a seed stirring to
life if we do not choke it. It is the Shekinah of the soul, the
Presence in the midst. Here is the Slumbering Christ, stirring to be
awakened, to become the soul we clothe in earthly form and action.
And He is within us all.
-- Thomas Kelly, "A Testament of Devotion," Harper San Francisco.
1996. ISBN 0060643617