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Breaking the Silence (2 of 3)
Series: Songs of the Season
December 12, 2004
Introduction: Sometimes it is hard to keep silent. Sometimes it should be!
Brother Jonas knew all about that Brother Jonas decided to become a monk. He applied to enter St. Elegius, the 'Monastery of Silence.' The Head Friar welcomed Jonas to St. Elegius. "Brother Jonas, we are glad you have chosen to join us. You need to know that this is a silent monastery. You are welcome here as long as you maintain your vow of silence. You may not speak until I direct you to do so."
Brother Jonas settled into life at St. Elegius. It was five years before the Head Friar said to him, "Brother Jonas, you have been here five years, you may speak two words." Brother Jonas thought a moment and then said, "Hard Bed." "I'm sorry to hear that," the Friar said. "I will see that you get a better bed."
Five years later, the Head Friar once again calls in Brother Jonas. "You have been here ten years, Brother Jonas, you may speak two words." Jonas thinks for a moment and says, "Food cold!" The Head Friar promises him better food in the future.
Years pass. On his 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Head Friar summons Brother Jonas. "You may speak two words," he tells him again. This time Brother Jonas doesn't hesitate. "I quit," he announces. The Friar shakes his head and then responds, "That's probably for the best. You've done nothing but complain ever since you've been here." (Andy Chaps' The Funnies.)
Sometimes it's hard to be silent. Sometimes you don't have a choice. Consider Zechariah. The old priest hadn't spoken a word for months. It wasn't that he didn't have anything to say. It wasn't that he didn't want to. He couldn't. Nine months before, the Lord had sent the angel Gabriel to tell Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth were going to have a baby. An angel doesn't usually announce the coming of a baby. This time was diffe ...
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