Tuesday, March 18

Long walks in the desert

Yup....been a long time.  Been doing a lot of walking, talking, living and sharing.  One of the purposes of Lent is a transformative season - when the contemplative seeds of winter are planted and, with the warming and lengthening rays of spring, sprout forth, giving way to the active growth which leads us into the fire of Pentacost.

Two readings from the Gospels today.  The first is from Mat. 23

“The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. ....But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ."

The second is from Mark.

And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand."....Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.” Answering them, He said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?” Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

Two, seeming disparate messages dropped in my lap, yet I see connections.  Connections I don't know how comfortable I am with just yet.  It appears I need to find a bodhi tree in this wasteland and consider things some more.

May the lengthening of days bring you the transformative power of G-d, may your heart be open to accepting and may you follow no matter where the Voice within may lead you.