- Sunday July 17: The Mystery of Divine Reciprocity
To Practice: Last week, we heard of a different hospitality, one offered on the open road, away from the security of one’s home. Only the most compassionate was willing to take the risk. Has there been a time when you have “left your safe haven” and gone “to the margins”? What did you learn, about the stranger and about yourself? When have you experienced the “honor of giving and the humility of receiving?
You may wish to re-read these passages in the manner of Lectio Divina, perhaps aloud, to see what shimmers in your heart and mind? What speaks to your journey now?
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To whom do we listen? There were many voices in Martha’s head as she tried to offer hospitality to the Lord as best she could. Did she listen to the most important voice of all? The voice of silence, that inner voice that is often overlooked. Those of us who live in Sacramento have heard many voices about the American River Parkway and hospitality. Those among us who are unhoused have been pushed out of Old Sacramento, then downtown Sacramento. They then found hidden places, , camping along the parkway. Hospitality towards these campers has become a matter of public policy: where can they stay? How can they stay? Where can they go? So, to whom do we listen? The sheriff, city council members, county supervisors ….or to the campers themselves?
These words from Rumi: “Having died to self interest, she (love) risks everything and asks for nothing.” reverberating wordless volumes churning in that deep abyss within. Julian’s phrase, “all shall be well and…” bubbles up.
For those who walk with us here in Canada July 24-29 you might find these 2 websites helpful: http://www.papalvisit.ca
and http://www.living withchrist.ca/pope
- This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by Adeline Behm.
Sunday July 17: The Mystery of Divine Reciprocity
“Both the honor of giving and the humility of receiving are necessary halves of the equation.” Robin Kimmerer’s words shimmer this week as I reflect on this meditation. I know I can be a selfless giver. I need to work on being a humble receiver of the gifts of love from others. Keep me soft and open to receiving, Lord, and reckless in giving. Amen. <3 linda
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