In this busy week in the life of St. Andrew's, I pass along a wonder-making story from the Desert Fathers. It is an Easter story, a parable, a puzzle for the critical mind, and a story about how the Easter sustenance stays with us beyond that single day, "Easter".
Saint Apollo was living in a cave in the mountain with five brothers. He had recently come from the desert and there were his first disciples. Easter came, and when they had finished giving worship to God they ate whatever they happened to have. There were a few dry loaves and some pickled vegetables. Then Apollo said to them, 'If we have faith, my children, and are true sons of Christ, let each of us ask of God what he desires to eat'. ...He therefore prayed with a radiant face and they all said 'Amen'.
At once in the night a number of men arrived aat the cave, complete strangers to them, who said that they had traveled a long distance. They were carrying things that the brothers had not even heard of before, things that do not grow in Egypt: fruits of paradise of every kind, and grapes and pomegrantes and figs and walnuts, all procured out of season, and honeycombs, and a pitcher of fresh milk, and giant dates, and white loaves still warm although brought to them from a foreign country. The men who brought these things delivered them simply with the message that they had been sent by a rich magnate, and immediately departed in a hurry. The brothers partook of these provisions until Pentecost and satisgied their hunger with them, so that they wondered and said, 'Truly these were sent by God'.
What have you asked of God this Easter? What has shown up in your life beyond the pickled vegetables you had in your spiritual pantry leading up to Easter? Anything you hadn't even heard of before? Have you eaten through the bounty yet? (We're not quite to Pentecost!)
In Holy Curiosity,