The Imperatives of Christ

During this season of Lent, as we take stock of our lives, our beliefs, and our actions, we also pause to consider the teachings of Jesus. We hold up the teachings of Jesus as a lens through which we see our own lives and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll see that the picture is out of focus. Part of the difficult inner work of this season is a willingness to bring our lives into focus with the teachings of Christ.

To that end, I’d like to share a simple and profound poem by Kathleen Norris on the teachings of Jesus.


Imperatives, Part 2 of Mysteries of the Incarnation

Look at the birds
Consider the lilies
Drink ye all of it

Enter by the narrow gate

Do not be anxious
Judge not; do not give dogs what is holy

Go: be it done for you
Do not be afraid
Maiden, arise
Young man, I say, arise

Stretch out your hand

Stand up, be still
Rise, let us be going…

Remember me


Peace to you,



The Imperatives of Christ
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