“No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

Jesus went into the temple and drove out those who bought and sold. His message was bold: “Take all this away!” But observe that when all was cleared, there was nobody left but Jesus. And when he is alone, he is able to speak in the temple of the soul. Observe this also, for it is certain. If anyone else is speaking in the temple of the soul, Jesus keeps still, as if he were not at home. And he is not at home wherever there are strange guests—guests with whom the soul holds conversation, guests who always seek to bargain. If Jesus is to speak and be heard, the soul must be alone and quiet. And what does Jesus say when the soul has been cleared? His word is a revelation of himself and everything the Father has said to him. He reveals the Father’s majesty with unmeasured power.

If in your spirit you discover this power, you will possess a like power in whatever you do—a power that will enable you to live undividedly and pure. Neither joy nor sorrow, no, nor any created thing will be able to disrupt your soul. For Christ will remain and he will cast aside all that is insignificant and futile. When Jesus is united with your soul, the soul’s tide moves back again into its own, out of itself and above all things, with grace and power back to its prime origin. Then your fallen, fleshly self will become obedient to your inner spiritual self, and you will in turn have a lasting peace in serving God without condition or demand.

Adapted from Bread and Wine (Meister Eckhart)