Pondering for Saturday, June 15, 2019

Daily Office Readings for June 15, 2019, Proper 5: Year 1

AM Psalm 75, 76; PM Psalm 23, 27 Ecclus. 46:1-10; 2 Cor. 13:1-14; Luke 20:1-8

“Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?’ (Luke 20:4)

So the chief priests and the scribes came with the elders and asked Jesus about the source of his power.  But as usual, Jesus turned the tables on them with his own question.  Jesus asked about the source of John the Baptist’s baptism.  We get to hear their private discussion regarding how they would answer Jesus. Thank you Luke.

Even though the regular people considered John a prophet from God, the more so-called educated Temple authorities did not regard him as such.  Their fear of what would happen to them shows their true colors.  They would rather lie and say they don’t know than to admit that perhaps, maybe, God is acting in John.  Jesus understands their refusal as evidence of the cowards they are and then responds like-wise.  They will not confess to him the truth that was right in front of them, then neither will he divulge the truth about himself, at least not to them.

Some events that take place today still have no logical explanation. There is a reason such phenomenon are called miracles.  God still works through us in miraculous ways. Short of, “this is the will of God,” there are no explanations.  We must learn to be comfortable with mystery.   

Today we remember Evelyn Underhill

One of the readings for Evelyn comes from the Gospel of John and reads thus, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)

My journaling, from which this blog comes, is all about my contemplative self.  I actively sit in quiet inviting God to enter my mind and move me in ways pleasing to God.  Evelyn Underhill is one of my major heroes. Here is some insight from her sharing:

“Evelyn Underhill’s most valuable contribution to spiritual literature must surely be her conviction that the mystical life is not only open to a saintly few, but to anyone who cares to nurture it and weave it into everyday experience, and also (at the time, a startling idea) that modern psychological theories and discoveries, far from hindering or negating spirituality, can actually enhance and transform it.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for June 15)

So we don’t have to be monks, or priests, to enter into the mystic life.  It is available to all of us who dare to be still and know that God is God. God says through the Psalmist, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to (and through) God’s people. John+

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