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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Shaken By The Wind
7 The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom!
And along with all your getting, get insight! (CJB)
At first, I thought it was a typo, and then I realized it
was pretty darn Zen: “…along with all your ‘getting’, get insight!” It made me
think of phrases like, “What do I get out of it?” and “Don’t you get it?” and “What
you give is what you get.”
The beginning of wisdom is the intention to get wisdom.
1 John 4:7-21
18 There is no fear in love. On the contrary,
love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with
punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in
regard to love. (CJB)
The person who keeps on fearing……. Hoo, boy, do I know
somebody like that! The thing is, when you go to practice loving-kindness
toward such a person, it’s as if they are oblivious. There’s no space for
anything but fear. In cases like that, the love circles aimlessly, like a bee around
a silk flower. Nothing to be done.
7 …………… “What
did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? (RSV)
Well, yes, sometimes I do. I know that’s not the point, but
on the other hand— maybe it is. This passage makes me think of the famous koan,
“Mu” about whether a dog has buddha-nature:
A monk asked,
"Does a dog have a Buddha-nature or not?"
The master said,
The monk said,
"Above to all the Buddhas, below to the crawling bugs, all have
Buddha-nature. Why is it that the dog has not?"
The master said,
"Because he has the nature of karmic delusions".
7 …………… “What did you
go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?”
“If you cannot pass through the barrier Mu then you are like a ghost
clinging to bushes and grasses.”
Mumon’s comment on the koan ‘Mu’.)
can’t pass the un-passable, you’re a ghost clinging to bushes and grasses.
pass this impassible gate, it has no latch; no hinges. It just sits there not
the gate of “Nope!” Does that make me a nope-body?
through, no going back, no lounging halfway through the door.
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 …