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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A Little Child
“Yes! I tell you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom
of God like a child will not enter it!”
In church today, I suddenly heard this verse completely
differently. I’m reading a book right now that recommends reading the Bible ‘against
the grain’. I don’t know if that is what I did, but I was suddenly overcome with
a need to write down what I heard in my mind’s ear. Is that what happened to
the prophets when they were blown over by the breath of the Holy Spirit? Maybe
that’s not such an unusual happening as we are taught to think. Not something
that used to happen in far off ancient Israel in a mountain or a cave, but a thing
that can come over any of us, anytime.
Anyway, here is what I frantically scribbled down during the
exchange of the peace—
“Receive the Kingdom as a little child..”
Not us; not the ones receiving; but the Kingdom, thatis what is like a child!
Receive the Kingdom, abashed after
being chided by Jesus— receive it with cheeks flaming because Jesus is
indignant that we tried to turn it away.
Receive the Kingdom as if it were
helpless and trusting— counting on us to take care of it.
Receive the Kingdom even when it
throws tantrums, and utters piercing shrieks fit to burst your eardrums at
Receive the Kingdom even when it
defeats the child locks, gets into the bottom cupboard, and scatters the flour
and sugar all over the floor.
Watch out for the Kingdom when you
are backing out of your driveway on your way to work.
Put up with the Kingdom when it sniffles
and whines because it wants some treat it can’t have.
Be patient with the Kingdom when
it lies to you about who broke the toy.
Take care of the Kingdom when it
falls off the swing set and breaks its arm— take it to the ER and hold its hand
while the bone is set.
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…
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.
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!