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In the Garden

March 23, 2020

In the Garden

“Walking is one of my favorite words when I think about a Christian and about the Church”. Pope Francis continues and explains: “It is a most wonderful experience we can have: to belong to a people walking, journeying through history together with Our Lord, who walks among us”.

We are reminded of that hymn written in 1912 called ‘1n The Garden’:

 

“I come to the garden alone

While the dew is still on the roses

And the voice I hear falling on my ear

The Son of God discloses.

 

And He walks with me and He talks with me

And He tells me I am His own

And the joy we share as we tarry there

None other has ever known.

 

He speaks and the sound of His voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.

 

And He walks with me and talks with me

And tells me I am His own

And the joy we share as we tarry there

None other has ever known”.

 

“In the Garden” was inspired by chapter 20 of the Gospel of St. John. This hymn celebrates the joyous companionship its author, C. Austin Miles, experiences with Jesus as he walks through the garden.

Jesus is often walking, and he teaches the disciples along the way. He did not come to teach a philosophy, an ideology but rather a ‘way’, a journey to be undertaken with him, and we learn the way as we go, by walking. Yes, this is our joy; to walk with Jesus.

We not only walk with the Lord but also with His people. As  Pope Francis writes: “What can be more beautiful than this? Walking with our people, sometimes in front, sometimes behind and sometimes in the middle. We walk in front in order to guide the community, in the middle in order to  encourage and support, and at the back so that no one lags too far behind; to keep them united”.

It is important to walk in unity, without running ahead , without nostalgia for the past. And while you walk you talk, you get to know one another. How often this happens in real life. We are unaware of the real person next to us, until we are put together and share our mind and heart. They can be, in Pope Francis words; “the saints next door”.

Pope Francis encourages young people to “always keep walking, to keep moving forward”.

Here at our Passionist monastery in Jamaica, we have a lovely garden. In the quiet of the garden we too can experience the companionship of the Lord.

“He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own”.

 

Fr. Theodore Walsh, C.P.