By Melodious Monk
In Eugene Peterson’s Idiomatic translation of the Gospel of Matthew, many of Jesus’ words come alive in a somewhat shocking way. I pause to re-read and re-acknowledge the awesomeness of what Jesus brings us, and the duty that he calls us towards. Near the end of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told us:
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love you enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves…If you simply love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal?…”In a word, what I’m sayings is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”
I’m slow to listen to Jesus’ call to “Grow up.” I’d rather nurse old hurts, take jabs at my enemies and not work to give energies of prayer and peace to others, especially those people or circumstances that I would normally shy away from. God desires so much more fulfilment for my life then I can comprehend. After re-reading this whole chapter from Matthew, I’m shockingly aware of how much possibility there is for an outrageously fulfilling, adventurous, and hope-filled life. God offers such a life to us, if we choose to live inside His kingdom.
Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4941793
Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song | The Community of Jesus
By Sr. Fidelis Ascended #quot;Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him ascend into heaven.#quot; The Mode 1 Offertory for Thursday##039;s Ascension contains a melismatic passage on the word #quot;ascend#quot; that is word painting in sound. Its #quot;startling#quot; leaps span an octave, with many thirds and fifths, all sung in a light and floating manner, according to the ancient notation. [ 30 more words. ]
By Sr. Fidelis
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him ascend into heaven.”
The Mode 1 Offertory for Thursday’s Ascension contains a melismatic passage on the word “ascend” that is word painting in sound. Its “startling” leaps span an octave, with many thirds and fifths, all sung in a light and floating manner, according to the ancient notation. One can only imagine the clouds parting and swirling as he rose from their sight. Listen to this amazing piece, one of the great gems of the Gregorian repertory.
May 17 Echoes of Eternity
But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
Behold, behold, behold! You have eyes to see, but how often you miss seeing My blessing and My hand at work! Blindness still covers your sight, because you do not look into and beyond the surface of the things around you. I am offering you in these latter days a new depth of insight into the realities around you. You have preferred the surface-look because it did not disturb your fixed and “rational”
ways of thinking. But I call you to a more mature and realistic walk in these days. Behold. Look deeper. Don’t be put off by surface answers and explanations. I am at work in every situation for good. And you are to announce that over and over again—for your sake and for the sake of others. Be faithful.
Paraclete author Frederica Mathewes-Green on The Eric Metaxas Show. (Jump to the 10 minute mark.) https://soundcloud.com/the-eric-metaxas-show/eric-continues-his-talk-with-ted-cruz-and-then-speaks-with-frederica-mathewes-green#c=349#amp;
Eric continues his talk with Ted Cruz, and then speaks with Frederica Mathewes-Green.
Republican Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz chooses Eric as his running mate… not really. Frederica Mathewes-Green of frederica.com discuss a mysterious encounter she experienced in a European
May 16 Echoes of Eternity
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:7
The enemies are within, My child. Over the years you have given room for hiding places for them. They are permitted to plague you until your repentance is complete. Complete repentance means a final and absolute turning from the sin-filled fantasies and thoughts you have indulged. A holy hatred of the Babylonish garment is required.
As long as the harassing fears and foreboding come, fight against them with the weapons I have provided—believing prayer and grateful praise. They cannot prevail against these, and their attacks will turn to blessing.
May 15 Echoes of Eternity
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
I bless you, My child, because you are Mine. Not because of your merits or achievements—for you know they are not worthy of My blessing. No, but because My favor rests on you and I have chosen to make you one of Mine, the blessing comes.
You are worried and anxious about many small things. They pass into eternity in a moment. You fear what might lie ahead for you—but do you doubt My blessing? Away with your infantile preoccupations! The hour is late. Enter into the blessing I am giving you today. Harden not your heart against Me in fear.
The True and Only Vine http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4916715
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By Sr. Nun Other One of the Sisters suggested I write a blog called #quot;bloom after pruning,#quot; and she even provided a great picture! She referred, of course, to the parable that portrays Jesus as the True Vine and God the Father as the Vine Dresser. Jesus says in John 15: 1-2, that He##039;ll remove every branch that bears no fruit, and prune the fruitful branches so that they bear more fruit.
By Sr. Nun Other
One of the Sisters suggested I write a blog called “bloom after pruning,” and she even provided a great picture! She referred, of course, to the parable that portrays Jesus as the True Vine and God the Father as the Vine Dresser. Jesus says in John 15: 1-2, that He’ll remove every branch that bears no fruit, and prune the fruitful branches so that they bear more fruit. It’s a scripture I approach with caution, and not an experience I wait in line for. When one of my irregular branches is trimmed, usually through circumstance, I then have difficulty identifying who I am. I’m like a wibble-wobble toy without a fixed foundation — no idea how or where I’ll land. Advice to me: keep reading. In subsequent verses, Jesus counsels His branches to (paraphrased), “Abide in me, abide in my love, until your journey is complete. Follow my commandments, as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and if you do, your joy will be complete.” It’s a passage more about relationship than pain–an intertwining of love, obedience, and joy — each dependent on the other — until we become not servants, but friends. So I’d like to modify my friend’s suggestion ever so slightly to say it’s possible to bloom during pruning.
May 14 Echoes of Eternity
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
This is the life I have given you. Embrace it and be grateful for it. I am the Good Shepherd who leads My sheep in the right places for them. Here, My design is to keep you in a safe place. Here those qualities I desire to see can come forth and grow if you will embrace this life. Worry not about what others may think. Instead, concern yourself about what I think.