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.
Acts 11:1-18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 11 The emissaries and the brothers throughout Y’hudah heard that the Goyim had received the word of God; 2 but when Kefa went up to Yerushalayim, the members of the Circumcision faction criticized him, 3 saying, “You went into the homes of uncircumcised men and even ate with them!” 4 In reply, Kefa began explaining in detail what had actually happened: 5 “I was in the city of Yafo, praying; and in a trance I had a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came down to me. 6 I looked inside and saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, crawling creatures and wild birds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!’ 8 I said, ‘No, sir! Absolutely not! Nothing unclean or treif has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But the voice spoke again from heaven: ‘Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled back up into hea…
3 When Y’hudah, who had betrayed him, saw that Yeshua had been condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the head cohanim and elders, 4 saying, “I sinned in betraying an innocent man to death.” “What is that to us?” they answered. “That’s your problem.” 5 Hurling the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, he left; then he went off and hanged himself. 6 The head cohanim took the silver coins and said, “It is prohibited to put this into the Temple treasury, because it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use it to buy the potter’s field as a cemetery for foreigners.
Blood money. The priests seem to have been unaware of the irony that it was their own actions which tainted the money in the first place. It also seems that it never occurred to them that their own agent would repudiate them by returning the money. Talk about cognitive dissonance!
John 1:19-28 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 20 he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 “Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu?” “No, I am not,” he said. “Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” “No,” he replied. 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? — so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23 He answered in the words of Yesha‘yahu the prophet, “I am 'The voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert make the way of Adonai straight!’” (Isaiah 40:3) English Standard Version (ESV) 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight *the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” *Or ‘crying out, ‘In the wilderness make straight’
I was caught by the difference between “A voice crying out in the wilderness,” and “a voice crying out, “in the wilderness make straight”.” I thought, “What difference does it make?” but I kept feeling that somehow it did.