Yesterday, I bumped the crown of my head real hard as I tried getting into a van. I am grateful I have always been hardheaded, otherwise I could have cracked my skull or even passed out. I ended up with a severe headache and a big lump on my head.

As I was nursing my hurting crown, I was reminded that this is the location of the seventh chakra according to Hindu tradition. The crown chakra, known as Sahasrara, is considered to be the center for trust, devotion, inspiration, happiness, and positivity. It is also believed to be the center for deeper connection with ourselves and deeper connection with a force of life that is greater than ourselves. It is the channel through which the life force of the universe flows into a human being and animates the other chakras.

I imagine now what happened on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles as tongues of fire and resting on the crown of their heads. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, giving them the courage, inspiration and wisdom to go out and proclaim the Risen Lord. As I nurse this bump on the crown of my head, may I have a better connection with the Holy Spirit, with the LifeForce of the universe that I too may have the courage, inspiration and wisdom to proclaim my Risen Lord.

May I realize that seeking wealth power and fame is a fool’s quest for these things are all fleeting and ephemeral. They hold nothing but empty promises. But it is in the emptiness and nothingness and in my own nothingness that I will find the fulness of life.

May I realize that power is not the source of strength or control. Nor is the meaning of life to have others do things at my biding. Instead, the real source of power and control is putting myself in the service of others. It is in being a slave that I become truly a master of myself.

May I realize that with the random threads of my life I am actually weaving a beautiful tapestry; that through the many chance encounters in my life I am actually witnessing the unfolding of a great life story; that in the seemingly unconnected events of my experiences there is the inevitable unfolding of the person I have been created to be; that in His time my tears will be turned into joys and my joys will be multiplied a thousandfold.

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
~ Psalm 126
The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons
and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, “What do you wish?”
She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit,
one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.”
Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?”
They said to him, “We can.”
He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink,
but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:20-28
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