Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Sunday, 2006, April 16

Easter Sunday, 2006

One pointedness. Attention.
I am blessed beyond compare.
I can never be grateful enough.
Awareness of everything, every moment, just as it is happening.
We cannot teach this. We can only help others prepare for it.
In doing so, maybe help ourselves.
The mind is too busy protecting its turf, past, present and future.
The analyzing mind is a friend aiming to protect us.
But it is addicted to its purvey, to its protectiveness,
to its supposed power, and turf.
The undisciplined mind is arrogant and rampant.
The mind is also an enemy, full of itself
full of unnecessary trivialities,
too ready to dally.
(Maybe most of us live with the mind
and heart of a ten year old. . )

Single pointedness, focus, flow and engagement
can only come with practice. But this practice is also
a caging of the tiger which will continue to pace

Words, words, words.
Taking everything apart.
Nothing is perfect.

Yesterday on a warm, beautiful Spring day,
surrounding by birds singing, redbuds blooming, and
water bubbling, lake fountain, a few experienced
meditators once more entered into
the state of focus, flow and engagement.
Slowly, reluctantly, with mind resisting
tooth and nail, we became quiet,
totally still to the Present.
Only the Present.
And when it happened, after a while,
it was awesome for most of us.
A powerfully moving experience
of simple fully time-less presence.

Something powerfully connected
emerges at that instance.
We are connected at once with everything
in the universe, and can only be there
just as it happens.

There is no nostalgia, simply Presence.
O’Donohue has it right
Beauty only visits, never lingers.

We can only set the stage,
learn to ignore the monkey mind,
and return again and again to
this moment.

Time does not exist.
It is a construct upon reality.
There is only past, present and future,
and maybe these too are illusions.
The present, just as it is happening
right! Is all we have.

We are blessed, truly blessed, in that moment,
and not for any thing or any purpose:
simply fully present

Paschal Baute
April 16, 2006

Day of Recollection
Spiritual Growth Network of Kentucky

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Bodily or Spiritual Resurrection? Good question! Read this:

You Mean Jesus Didn't Have a Bodily Resurrection?
Posted on Apr. 13, 2006

By The Rev. Madison Shockley

Hallelujah! Easter is almost here. Aren’t you glad? What’s that low sigh I hear? Ohhhhh that’s right, you’re one of those progressive Christians. Easter is probably the most conflicted time of the year among progressive churches, even more so than Christmas. Even a progressive Christian can reasonably assert that Jesus was really born, even as the debate goes on among others about how he was born. But this is not so with Easter. Either he was resurrected or he was not. And when we say he was not, then someone somewhere will quote I Corinthians 15:12 to us, "Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?"

Rather than reading this and thinking, "Oh my, how can we even speak about whether the Resurrection is real or not?" I find this passage liberating. For when we understand the full context of this passage, we realize that inherent in Paul’s question is the fact that a significant number (significant enough for him to address it) of Corinthian Christians did, in fact, say that there was no resurrection of the dead. It is important that we realize that resurrection was an intense debate in the Corinthian congregation. Interestingly, Paul first falls back on the "received" teaching that he had passed on to them. Then he begins his own theologizing about resurrection and by the time he is through the resurrection of the 'body' has been totally spiritualized.

According to Burton Mack, this spiritualization of the Resurrection was in keeping with the Greek sensibilities of the Gentile Congregations of [the] Christ that were springing up in the eastern Mediterranean regions of the Roman Empire. Greek notions of immortality did not include the body. Immortality was more a matter of the mind or spirit leaving the body to experience eternal existence.

Paul anticipates the objections in his argument. Verse 35 says, “But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’” You bet we want to know that! His answer to this question would be considered heresy today by fundamentalists and many conservative-traditional theologians. "It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body." Did I read that right? Paul just said there is no resurrection of the "physical body"! In spite of his opening homage to the received "gospel," his own theology essentially undoes any literal interpretation of the resurrection of the body.

So all you progressive Christians rest assured as we celebrate Easter, we are in good (if unexpected) company as we continue to ask questions, challenge dogma and seek to understand God not through blind obedience to tradition but with our eyes and mind wide open.

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