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 …
almost always have a feeling of discontent (dukkha) when I encounter a way of
looking at the world that exhorts me to define suffering as victimization. This
way leads people to become social activists, fighting “injustice,” “poverty,”
“violence,” and causes them to want to change “society” to make it a 'better'
place. This way of thinking seems to me to miss the point. I call it
"bootstrapping,” because it makes me think of the old saying that describes a
certain kind of futility by the phrase, “trying to pull yourself up by your own
bootstraps.” It can't be done. It seems to me that people often perceive
concepts like "injustice" as entities in their own right, with a kind of
inimical but impersonal life of their own. This leads to the belief that ideas
can do battle in the arena of social activism and when righteousness is the
victor, then "society" will change for the better. I see this as a form of
delusion, and exactly the sort of error tha…
Isaiah 28:9-16 Complete
Jewish Bible (CJB)9 Can no one be taught
anything? Can no one understand the message? Must one teach barely weaned
toddlers, babies just taken from the breast,10 so that [one has to
use nursery rhymes]? —Tzav la-tzav, tzav la-tzav, kav la-kav, kav la-kav, z‘eir
sham, z‘eir sham. [Precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by
line, a little here, a little there].11 So with stammering
lips, in a foreign accent, [Adonai] will speak to this people.12 He once told this
people, “It’s time to rest, the exhausted can rest, now you can relax” —but
they wouldn’t listen. 13 So now the word of
Adonai for them comes “precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line,
line by line, a little here, a little there,” so that when they walk, they
stumble backward, and are broken, trapped and captured! 14 So listen to the
word of Adonai, you scoffers, composing taunts for this people in Yerushalayim:15 Because you said,
“We made a covenant with death, we made a …