Day 02 – Can You Drink the Cup? – Henri Nouwen

Day 02

Can You Drink the Cup?

Henri Nouwen

Can we hold our life, lift our life, and drink it, as Jesus did? In some of those around me, there was a sign of recognition, but in myself there was a deep awareness of truth. Jesus’ question had given me a new language with which to speak about my life and the lives of those around me. For a long time after that simple morning Eucharist, I kept hearing Jesus’ question: “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?”

Just letting that question sink in made me feel very uncomfortable. But I knew that I had to start living with it. This book is the fruit of having done that. It strives to make Jesus’ question pierce our hearts so that a personal answer can emerge from there. I will follow the three themes that emerged that morning in the Dayspring Chapel: holding, lifting, and drinking. They will allow me to explore the spiritual horizons that Jesus’ question opens for us and to invite you who will read this to join me in this exploration.

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