Week 3b: Sabbath in New York City

by | Sep 24, 2018

A Sabbath Morning Walk along and around the High Line


A Sabbath Afternoon in and around Central Park


From Henri Nouwen’s Reflection for 23 September (from Bread for the Journey)

How do we live in creation? Do we relate to it as a place full of “things” we can use for whatever need we want to fulfil and whatever goal we wish to accomplish? Or do we see creation first of all as a sacramental reality, a sacred space where God reveals to us the immense beauty of the Divine?

As long as we only use creation, we cannot recognise its sacredness because we are approaching it as if we are its owners. But when we relate to all that surrounds us as created by the same God who created us and as the place where God appears to us and calls us to worship and adoration, then we are able to recognise the sacred quality of all God’s handiwork.

I give thanks for creation and creativity. I give thanks for the vision and tenacity of the ones who saw the possibility of both the High Line and Central Park leaving a rich legacy for future generations. I give thanks for all those who today dwelt in the beauty of these spaces.

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