“Nets of Wonder”

Chinese-Fishing-Nets-Fort-Kochi“With nets of wonder, I chase the bright, elusive butterflies of love.” So sang Bob Lind in the 60’s. (Who said that nothing good came out of the 60’s?)

A beautiful song with a striking image. Catching wonders? Trying to hold on to the wonders of this life, the wonders wandering through your mind endlessly, sometimes in rapid motion.

Prayer can very well be defined as “nets of wonder.” In it we are able to focus and settle on, at least, a couple of those passing thoughts. Prayer catches them for us because it is a formal time to quiet down and allow those images to show themselves in greater clarity.

Capturing a butterfly doesn’t sound very appealing to me. Let’s just enjoy the thing and let it live its short live. However, to net in some of those mindful wonders can open us up to what is going on inside us. What simmers in our heartful stoves? Where do our passions lie? Are those passions that elusive that we are unable to contain them, even for a moment?

The use of nets may conjure up that we’re trying to control or hold on to those wonderings. Don’t worry, it’ll never happen. Wonderings will not allow it. Prayer, however, doesn’t control, it guides. Prayer illuminates what may be found only in shadows or passing images. We dismiss them during our days but they tend to reappear. Prayer offers that rare opportunity to net some of those wonderings and allows us to examine and look at them. We look at them with the eyes of God. That is what prayer is, isn’t it; looking at life, our lives, through the eyes of God?

God then, in prayer, becomes a net for us that turns moments into minutes, minutes into whiles, and then whiles become “I don’t know where the time went?”

We wonder. The beauty of wonderings. The beauty of a net to capture them even, if, for a moment.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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