The Waystead is a Hermitage of the Lindisfarne Community, established with the intent to foster the love of God in the world. My resolve is to follow the Way of the One in Whom we live and move and have our Being.
I trust that by thoughtfully founding, and steadfastly keeping, a dwelling place and setting it apart as a place of prayer, reflection, and contemplation, I 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.
Lectionaries are funny things— weird, abstruse little lists
of biblical passages by number, sort of like tide tables or bus schedules. Today’s
Lectionary passages (for 3-9-2018, the week of the third Sunday in Lent) are:
Psalm 88; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; and Mark 6:47-56 About a month ago I posted a reflection in response to
Abbess Jane’s Lectionary Musings blog on the same passage from Corinthians as the
one listed for today in the Daily Office Readings Lectionary (BCP). That was
supposed to be the reading for the 6th Sunday of Epiphany, according
to +Jane, but I just can’t find it anywhere. I looked up Epiphany 6 in both the
Daily Office Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary—not there. It’s not
the reading from the Lindisfarne Community’s A Way of Living Lectionary for
either Year 1 or 2 either. Oh well. I was never the sort of autist who is fascinated by such
things as bus schedules. I am much more inclined to be enthralled by maps. I
wonder if I could make a L…
On Sunday the Psalm was the famous 23rd.
I’ve heard it so many times that I never expected anything new to come
wandering across the border from that hinterland, but there ya go. So, the
liminal phrase is this: “Your rod and your staff they comfort me,” or as
the CJB says, “your rod and staff reassure me.” I got to thinking, “Well, just exactly how does a shepherd
use a staff and a rod?” The staff is used to guide the sheep and to catch them.
Traditional staffs used in the UK have horn crooks with a sharp curled tip,
which I suspect is designed to catch in the fleece. The rod was essentially a
club used to defend against predators, but also as a goad to correct the sheep.
I’ve never really identified with the sheep; I mean they are
really not very smart and don’t have much of a survival instinct. I also have
misgivings about identifying myself as the shepherd of the sheep. So, I asked
myself, “What other role might I fill in the whole sheep-shepherd metaphor?”
and it came to me: Shee…
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 4 Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, 5 not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered,
and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not gloat over other people’s sins
but takes its delight in the truth. 7 Love always bears up, always trusts,
always hopes, always endures.
I’ve read this over about five times now, and it keeps on
growing in my mind. The above is only a part of the verse cited, but it’s the
part that kept reaching out and poking me. It’s the part that I felt was
reading me; the part that was peering
into my heart to see what is going on in there. It’s the part that sat down in
front of me with a questioning look on its face, put its chin in its hand, and
looked at me without saying anything. And kept on looking. Eventually I started noticing specific things; I started trying
to see what the verse was looking at in me. I noticed that it started out by
talking about what love is; then what it isn’t; then back …