The Waystead is a Hermitage of the Lindisfarne Community, established with the intent to foster the love of God in the world. Our resolve is to follow the Way of the One in Whom we live and move and have our Being.
We trust that by thoughtfully founding, and steadfastly keeping, a dwelling place and setting it apart as a place of prayer, reflection, and contemplation, we will be able to hold onto that resolve.
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The resonant phrases:
6 (5) My
soul, wait in silence for God alone, because my hope comes from him. 7 (6) He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I won’t be moved.
Revelation 11: 1-19
kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah, and he will rule forever and ever!”
Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure….
the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant…..
more, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net thrown into the lake…..
first Archbishop of Utrecht
8 But you will receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh comes upon you; you
will be my witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah and Shomron,
indeed to the ends of the earth!”
Here we go—
Waiting in silence unmoved.
The world hasbecome the Realm of God.
The Realm is like both the seeker after the treasure (the
merchant), and the treasure itself (the pearl). Besides that, the Realm
captures it all; draws everything in;
includes the bad fish and the good fish; surrounds us all, willing or not.
God’s witnesses to the
ends of the earth.
It struck me that the Singer praises Silence. How is that not a
contradiction? It can only be that the Song arises out of Silence. Yup. Then
there is the prophecy that tells us in plain terms that the Kingdom has already
come. How can that be? It can only be that the Kingdom is now, and Now is Always.
Yup. Then there are the parables stacked on parables. No parable is intended to
stand alone. Why does Jesus speak in parables? Because there isn’t any other
way to say what he means. The mind does many other things than thinking. Jesus
tells parables so that we will stop thinking and drop down deep into wordless,
inclusive understanding. Yup. And last are the witnesses; the watchers; the
ones who hold space for the Realm of God.
(I originally wrote this in November 2015, after reading a book on understanding Jesus's teachings in the light of first century Jewish Temple mysticism. I had been struggling with the cannibalistic implications in the Eucharist of "eating Jesus's body and drinking his blood." It was such a relief to discover this interpretation which connects neatly with the way his disciples would likely have understood the language Jesus was using.) Eucharist A little bit of research on the internet produced a
description of Jewish ritual sacrifice in the time of Jesus. A person, say a
woman named Sarah, offers a goat. She buys it and takes it to the priest at the
Temple. He examines it to see if it is “perfect,” i.e. healthy and unblemished.
He then takes it and slits its throat with the ritual words, “This is Sarah’s
blood.” The meaning should obviously be, that this is the blood belonging to
Sarah and offered on her behalf. The blood would then be poured out at the base
of the …
Hebrews 6:1-12 (CJB) 6
Therefore, leaving behind the initial lessons about the Messiah, let us go on
to maturity, not laying again the foundation of turning from works that lead to
death, trusting God, 2 and instruction about washings, s’mikhah (blessing,
laying on of hands), the resurrection of the dead and eternal punishment. 3
And, God willing, this is what we will do. 4 For when
people have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become sharers in
the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), 5 and tasted the goodness of God’s Word and
the powers of the ‘olam haba (world to come) — 6 and then have fallen away — it
is impossible to renew them so that they turn from their sin, as long as for
themselves they keep executing the Son of God on the stake all over again and
keep holding him up to public contempt. 7 For the land that soaks up frequent
rains and then brings forth a crop useful to its owners receives a blessing
from God; 8 but if it keeps producing thorns and thistles, it fails t…
Lectio: Psalm 137 *****3 when
those who had taken us captive
asked us to sing them a song;
our tormentors demanded joy from us —
“Sing us one of the songs from Tziyon!” 4 How can we sing a song about Adonai
here on foreign soil? **** 7 Remember, Adonai,
against the people of Edom
the day of Yerushalayim’s fall,
how they cried, “Tear it down! Tear it down!
Raze it to the ground!” 8 Daughter of Bavel, you will be destroyed!
A blessing on anyone who pays you back
for the way you treated us! 9 A blessing on anyone who seizes your babies
and smashes them against a rock!
Micah 7:11-20 13 The earth will be desolate for those living in it,
as a result of their deeds. 18 Who is a God like you,
pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes
of the remnant of his heritage?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in grace. 19 He will again have compassion on us,
he will subdue our iniquities. You will throw all their sins
into the depths of the sea.