It seems almost impossible that today it is my one year anniversary of being officially received into the Roman Catholic Church. What a testing year!
Today I went to University and the beautiful ageing Sisters of the Assumption unexpectedly prayed for me during their morning prayer, what an absolute blessing. God I shall miss them sooooo much after this term. Today also unexpectedly I was asked to be the reader for our morning Mass. Once again God speaks to me through His mega-phone. I hadn’t realised that I was received on the 7th week of Eastertide ~ 7 represents God’s completed work. Love. So it is fitting that Pentecost is about the emblazoned Love of the Holy Spirit firing down upon His chosen people.
These were the words which I had to read today;
Saturday of the 7th week of Eastertide.
On our arrival in Rome Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own with the soldier who guarded him.
After three days he called together the leading Jews. When they had assembled, he said to them, ‘Brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and would have set me free, since they found me guilty of nothing involving the death penalty; but the Jews lodged an objection, and I was forced to appeal to Caesar, not that I had any accusation to make against my own nation. That is why I have asked to see you and talk to you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear this chain.’
Paul spent the whole of the two years in his own rented lodging. He welcomed all who came to visit him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete freedom and without hindrance from anyone.
Psalm or canticle
The Lord is in his holy temple,
the Lord, whose throne is in heaven.
His eyes look down on the world;
his gaze tests mortal men.
The Lord tests the just and the wicked;
the lover of violence he hates.
The Lord is just and loves justice;
the upright shall see his face.
Peter turned and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them – the one who had leaned on his breast at the supper and had said to him, ‘Lord, who is it that will betray you?’ Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? You are to follow me.’ The rumour then went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, ‘He will not die’, but, ‘If I want him to stay behind till I come.’
This disciple is the one who vouches for these things and has written them down, and we know that his testimony is true.
There were many other things that Jesus did; if all were written down, the world itself, I suppose, would not hold all the books that would have to be written.
It was even more fitting that the poetic disciple (‘John’) records ‘his’ observations about the beloved disciple, and that today I got to read them. In my playfulness I choose to go back and re-read the passage again, and I see the one who Jesus loves as a her. A her who is to ‘stay behind until I come’, whilst the men are to follow! This ties in perfectly with Dr Tina Beaties lecture on the revealing contradictions in the resurrection dialogue within the different Gospels. Crystal Clear Clarity for people that have eyes that see.
Whatever . . . Today I was delighted to have finished reading The Teaching of The Twelve by Tony Jones. Paraclete press. 2009. It is about the primitive Christianity of the ancient Didache community. A very interesting read.
The prophetic wonder which always randomly happens to me, happened to me again today. The very last line of the book reads ‘There are two ways and they are love and not love. I choose love.’
Now read my last four posts :O)