I think Leonard Cohen should have been awarded the Nobel Prize! There, I’ve said it. I have no axe to grind with Bob Dylan of course. Chances are neither is too worried about what I think.
“Forget your perfect offering, (Cohen said in Anthem),
there is a crack, a crack in everything
that’s how the light gets in.”
I like those lines. If we wait for perfection a lot of life will pass us by.
We had a very interesting talk yesterday (Diocesan gathering) on the history of monasteries in our diocese and country. The talk, linked with a few days we had together and a theme of “hope”. finished with an image of the Ardagh Chalice. The speaker, Colmán O Clábaigh OSB, told us that though the chalice is revered as one of our finest historical treasures it has been discovered that the chalice leaks and most likely always did. With that in mind, it’s certain the “chalice” could never have been used at the celebration of Eucharist and yet it survives as a symbol of our faith, culture and heritage. A leaking chalice!
Cohen was right … a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
Thanks be to God!