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Wilderness

Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, …was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 

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In the wilderness, Jesus is tempted to turn stones into bread, to take the glory and authority of all the nations on the earth, to test whether the angels will keep him from falling.

The temptations are for security, power and control.

Please do pray with us if you feel led! I’d love to hear how you find it. Thanks Friends.

Every blessing.

SHOW NOTES

Jesus, a Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ (not an affiliate link)

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The Hidden Life

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

Hello Friends,

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Have you ever thought about the thirty years that Jesus lived in a most ordinary way?

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In this episode we pray with the Hidden Life: the years Jesus lived in obscurity, humbly given over to the hard work of a small community eking out a living from the land.

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Every blessing.

SHOW NOTES

James Martin, SJ’s book Jesus: A Pilgrimage quoted from the chapter entitled ‘Nazareth’
(*also: follow James Martin on social media, he is in the holy land this week!)

All photos were taken at Nazareth Village in April 2016 www.nazarethvillage.com

Ann Voskamp’s post in Holy Week http://www.aholyexperience.com/2016/03/when-the-worlds-hurting-bleeding-in-holy-week-how-to-pass-around-healing-hope/

Richard Rohr interviewed by Rob Bell
http://robbell.podbean.com/e/episode-86-richard-rohr-and-the-alternative-orthodoxy/

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

The Beatitudes

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the first episode of Season Two: With Jesus in Ordinary Time.

This season we will consider the ordinary dynamics of Jesus’ life, the ordinary objects things he used to point people to the truth, and how he encountered ordinary people.

My family recently had the opportunity to visit Israel and in the midst of all that land holds we were struck by the ordinary realness of the place.

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We especially had this sense went we went north to the Galilee. It is beautiful in a simple, gentle way and still relatively undeveloped.

From our guesthouse, we could just see the top of the church of the beatitudes. In this place, so tradition says, Jesus sat and spoke the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount.

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Outside one morning I took in the landscape, considering the possibility that Jesus had been just here, living, walking, praying, listening, thinking, teaching.

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And while I sat there, I recorded this episode, reading the words from Matthew 5 that Jesus first spoke somewhere very close to that very place.

You will hear the wind and the birds in this recording, and I hope that as you hear the wind you can feel it blowing across your body, and imagine that same wind dancing around the first listeners to these words.

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Jesus spoke these challenging words to ordinary people, in an ordinary place, surrounded by ordinary things: clouds, breeze, birds, children, friends. This remarkable truth is for those in an ordinary context.

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How does it speak to you?

CAH10 So Peter Got Out of the Boat

He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. Matt 14: 29

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Hello Friends!

I’m delighted to bring you episode 10, prayerful meditation on Matthew 14:25-33, Jesus and Peter walk on water.

When my mom gives a slightly expensive gift, she always lets us know: “It’s a good one!”  Which, of course, always makes us laugh, but today’s prayer was so deep and personal for me this week, and the story so rich, that all I want to say to you here is “It’s a good one!!!”

In this story of Jesus and Peter walking on water, we have fear and faith: fears addressed and more fears addressed, Peter stepping out in faith and then succumbing again to fear.

If you feel led to pray with this episode, I hope it is as significant for you as it has been for me.

Early in the morning Jesus came walking towards them on the lake

They were terrified and cried out in fear

Peter said “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water”

Jesus said “Come.”

So Peter got out of the boat

And started walking on the water.

May you have the gift of deep awareness of yourself, your fears, your faith and the Lord’s remarkable and reassuring presence.

Every blessing friends.

SHOW NOTES

Matthew 14:25-33 read in the NRSV

Photo: The Sea of Galilee today, photo by Katie Tierney

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CAH09 “Why all this commotion and wailing?”

“Don’t be afraid. Just believe.”  Mark 5:36

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Hello friends!

Things are getting a little crazy around here – the end of the school year (yes we are in school until mid-July), wonderful house guests, getting ready to travel home for four weeks and much more.

But the stillness is still there, waiting, inviting, calling us to pause, to rest for a time in the Lord’s presence.

In Mark 5 (21-25 and 35-42) we meet Jairus: a man of importance in the religious community, a man with authority, and until this point probably wary of Jesus, at best. Now, however, he is desperate as the life of his dear daughter is slipping away. He comes and throws himself at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to heal her.

Jesus speaks:

“Don’t be afraid. Just believe.”

“Why all this commotion and wailing?”

“Little girl, get up!”

Please do come and pray with this story, if you feel led. I’m sorry that it may not be the best I’ve produced, but I trust that the power of the word to speak to you is not dependent on my strength to deliver it.

Thanks again for being here. Lots of love, friends.

SHOW NOTES

Bible read in the NRSV

Art: Christ raises the daughter of Jairus, Yelena Cherkasova

The play I refer to, by the Riding Lights Theatre Company is called Inheritance 

Closing prayer from the Church of England

This is the companion story to Contemplative at Home Epidose 8: Jesus heals the woman bleeding.

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CAH08 If I but touch his clothes

She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well” Mark 5:27

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Hello Friends!

Wow, can I have another favorite? I loved the space I found as I prayed with this story. Perhaps you too will find the time to pray with this story, to hear what the Lord has to hear to you in this space.

Unclean for twelve years. Excluded from the temple and religious expression. Unable to touch anyone, anyone she loved, anyone at all. Twelve years.

All her money spent, countless medical procedures, which had only made things worse.

Courageously she moves towards Jesus, touches his cloak, and finds healing.

I love this story. I look forward to sharing it with those of you that feel led to join me.

Every blessing, friends.

Notes

Reading from the NRSV

Closing prayer from the Church of England (https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/newpatterns/contents/sectionj.aspx

Art: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Woman with an Issue of Blood (L’hémoroïsse), 1886-1896. Brooklyn Museum.

“Courage and Vulnerability are the same thing: letting yourself be seen.” I heard this today in this podcast from Care for the Family.

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CAH 06 Bartimaeus

When he heard that it was  Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”

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Then Jesus said “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again”

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Immediately, he regained his sight and followed him on the way.  Mark 10:47, 51, 52

You are warmly invited to pray with this remarkable story today.

Bartimaeus: blind, begging, crying for mercy.

Then: healed, sight restored, following Jesus.

Jesus said “What do you want me to do for you?”

If you find the time to pray with this episode, may you be greatly enriched by it.

Every blessing, friends.

Notes

The passage is read in the NRSV translation.

Photos: I love Ella K Lindvall’s Read-Aloud Bible stories, and these illustrations have stayed with me since my childhood. What a treat to share them with my own children now. The story of Bartimaeus is in Volume One.

CAH 05 Mary and Martha

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are necessary – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” Luke 10:41-42Johannes_(Jan)_Vermeer_-_Christ_in_the_House_of_Martha_and_Mary_-_Google_Art_Project

Two sisters

Different characters, different instincts

Each full of faith

Each turning to Jesus in her own way.

Will you sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to what he has to say?

Every blessing friend.

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Notes

Closing prayer from the Church of England (link)

Some background notes on Mary and Martha from ‘Women in the Bible’

I am praying with the NRSV version of the text, with a sprinkling of NIV (vs 38)

Art: “Johannes (Jan) Vermeer – Christ in the House of Martha and Mary – Google Art Project” by Johannes Vermeer – fwE2zem7WDcSlA at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons 

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CAH 04 Jesus Restores Life

So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.  Mark 1:31

Simply, quietly, lovingly, immediately

Jesus restores this woman

to health, to life, to her place in the community

Can you imagine the look in Jesus’ eyes as he helps her up?

Is there something in you that needs to be healed?

If you feel drawn to take the time to pray with this passage, I hope that you will come away feeling encouraged, restored, and renewed in a deepening trust in the Lord’s great love for you.

Every blessing friend.

Notes

Closing prayer from the Church of England (link)

Insight into the text from David Lose (link)

The Jesuits passed on the image of the interior lift/elevator, if anyone knows who to credit with this picture please let me know!

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CAH 03 “Follow me”

Jesus said to them “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.   Mt 4:19-20

Hello Friends!

You are invited

to set aside 20 minutes,

to sit deeply in the Lord’s presence

to listen

for new insight from these familiar words.

Thanks for joining us here. If you do pray with this session, it would be a treat to hear how you found it, and what stood out for you.

Every blessing!