Here are today's readings:
Psalm 148:7-14 or
Lectio overly simplified: Read the texts, silence (what is speaking to you?), read one passage that calls to you (what is speaking to you?), find one word in that passage that sums what you think the passages are saying. Meditate with that word, ruminate. Ruminate is a word monks use when discribing Lectio, ruminate, like a cow, chew on the word.
Psalm: The Lord is your keeper- recall Cain and Abel
Gal:A new creation is everything-God is eternally doing new things, eternal=no time=no time like the present=no past or future, only now=God is now and new.
Matt:my yoke is easy, my burden is light-really? I thought the way was narrow. Maybe the burden is easy because we have the chance to lay down our baggage. Or maybe the burden is light because there is nothing that we must pick up, we don't learn new things in this new spirituality, we unlearn, see Anthony Demello.
Reflection: Funny things about lectio for me, and I'd like to get some input on this especially those who meditate, is that Lectio in turns is contemplative i.e. not much thought, and affective, as in dealing with feelings. I'd like to think about this affective style. In contemplative prayer and meditation books affective meditaion is maligned, but I see it differently. Our feeling life is so skewed, so conditioned that I think it is a good idea to explore feelings surrounding God. At times it seems that we want to be stoical zenlike christians. Well, I think the spirit has two sides: one that is still and receptive and another that is fiery and prophetic, emotional. I hope this gets some discussion going, I especially think this will getm a response from SEC.