“The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized.” St. Mark 10:39
Jesus often spoke in phrases heavy with meaning. He used images freighted with symbolic power, ambiguous turns of phrase that force the listener to slow down and consider. Meditation--a word that comes from the Latin for what a cow does with her cud-- is not merely a pious practice. We must often chew long on these phrases to draw out their full meaning.
That can be difficult for us in a world where people try to conduct national policy debates in 280 characters or less. By and large, we long for the single-page memo, the objective facts distilled out from the spin, the bullet points drained of their adjectives. Many of us seem to be drowning in a sea of words as it is. We don’t think we have time for beautiful rhetoric or the probing syllables of poetry.
But we can miss a great deal if we rushly too quickly to the point, especially when the words spoken to us are about those things at the core of our existence.