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There are many versions of the Nativity of the Master Teacher known as Jesus Christ, more historically accurate, Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Bar Josephson. There is the canonical gospel stories that appear to overlay many of the mystery religions of the ancient world’s tales of divine birth. That being in the Gospel of Luke where we find Mary’s calling or Joseph’s calling.

Yet what if other historical accounts were accurate. Think of how Jesus’ was referred to in the Gospels, the son of Mary…could it be that in an oppressed land, where the oppressed were seen as lower than cattle, where women were seen as lower than that, could there be a possibility that he was the product of rape and then so that Mary would not be killed by the mob or put aside to live out a life of destitution or prostitution, Joseph took her in to raise a child not his own.

Through this act of divine love, the child was blessed because of this and grew in unity with LOVE from the get go which opened up the ability of this enlightenment, an achievable step for all of humanity if we live into and out of the same divine spark within us all.

Could this be why the next story to hear is not so jarring? Is it because it was not shocking to Jesus for he knew that within the flow of allness that Joseph was still with him and his Mum? Surely he is not the callous asshole this passage can portray? But in different times, different hearings and different life passages we may experience different things.

As we enter in to chapter 30 when Jesus hears of Joseph’s passing, have your tools present to express what comes through for you, whether that is journaling, crafting, colouring, wood work or painting there will be an expression at the end of this Lectio Divina.

Settle into comfort, prepare your soul to hear this story for the first time. Slow your breathing, connect with the source. Feel the room you are in, the chair, bench or cushion melt away. You are in First Century India travelling, learning and discovering. Enter into the story through the Sacred Heart of Brother Jesus.

Upon this first reading, what phrase leaps out at you? Let that phrase rest with you into your meditation time for a few moments.

Reading One:

Chapter 30

Jesus receives news of the death of his father. He writes a letter to his mother. The letter. He sends it on its way by a merchant.

1. One day as Jesus stood beside the Ganges busy with his work, a caravan, returning from the West, drew near.
2. And one, approaching Jesus, said, We come to you from your native land and bring unwelcome news.
3. Your father is no more on earth; your mother grieves; and none can comfort her. She wonders whether you are still alive or not; she longs to see you once again.
4. And Jesus bowed his head in silent thought; and then he wrote. Of what he wrote this is the sum:
5. My mother, noblest of the womankind; A man just from my native land has brought me word that father is no more in flesh, and that you grieve, and are disconsolate.
6. My mother, all is well; is well for father and is well for you.
7. His work in this earth-round is done, and it is nobly done.
8. In all the walks of life men cannot charge him with deceit, dishonesty, nor wrong intent.
9. Here in this round he finished many heavy tasks, and he has gone from hence prepared to solve the problems of the round of soul.
10. Our Father-God is with him there, as he was with him here; and there his angel guards his footsteps lest he goes astray.
11. Why should you weep? Tears cannot conquer grief. There is no power in grief to mend a broken heart.
12. The plane of grief is idleness; the busy soul can never grieve; it has no time for grief.
13. When grief come trooping through the heart, just lose yourself; plunge deep into the ministry of love, and grief is not.
14. Yours is a ministry of love, and all the world is calling out for love.
15. Then let the past go with the past; rise from the cares of carnal things and give your life for those who live.
16. And if you lose your life in serving life you will sure to find in it the morning sun, the evening dews, in song of bird, in flowers, and in the stars of night.
17. In just a little while your problems of this earth-round will be solved; and when your sums are all worked out it will be pleasure unalloyed for you to enter wider fields of usefulness, to solve the greater problems of the soul.
18. Strive, then, to be content, and I will come to you some day and bring you richer gifts than gold or precious stones.
19.¬†I’m sure that John will care for you, supplying all your needs; and I am with you all the way, Jehoshua.
20. And by the hand of one, a merchant, going to Jerusalem, he sent this letter on its way.

Meditate on the phrase for about 5-10 minutes.

Stay in time and place resting in the Sacred Heart, as you prepare to hear the story again, what memories are invoked when you were literally at a crossroads on a journey as Brother Jesus was? What was your decision? What emotions came through as a result of that decision? Let that decision rest in your soul for time after the reading.

Second Reading:

Chapter 30

Jesus receives news of the death of his father. He writes a letter to his mother. The letter. He sends it on its way by a merchant.

1. One day as Jesus stood beside the Ganges busy with his work, a caravan, returning from the West, drew near.
2. And one, approaching Jesus, said, We come to you from your native land and bring unwelcome news.
3. Your father is no more on earth; your mother grieves; and none can comfort her. She wonders whether you are still alive or not; she longs to see you once again.
4. And Jesus bowed his head in silent thought; and then he wrote. Of what he wrote this is the sum:
5. My mother, noblest of the womankind; A man just from my native land has brought me word that father is no more in flesh, and that you grieve, and are disconsolate.
6. My mother, all is well; is well for father and is well for you.
7. His work in this earth-round is done, and it is nobly done.
8. In all the walks of life men cannot charge him with deceit, dishonesty, nor wrong intent.
9. Here in this round he finished many heavy tasks, and he has gone from hence prepared to solve the problems of the round of soul.
10. Our Father-God is with him there, as he was with him here; and there his angel guards his footsteps lest he goes astray.
11. Why should you weep? Tears cannot conquer grief. There is no power in grief to mend a broken heart.
12. The plane of grief is idleness; the busy soul can never grieve; it has no time for grief.
13. When grief come trooping through the heart, just lose yourself; plunge deep into the ministry of love, and grief is not.
14. Yours is a ministry of love, and all the world is calling out for love.
15. Then let the past go with the past; rise from the cares of carnal things and give your life for those who live.
16. And if you lose your life in serving life you will sure to find in it the morning sun, the evening dews, in song of bird, in flowers, and in the stars of night.
17. In just a little while your problems of this earth-round will be solved; and when your sums are all worked out it will be pleasure unalloyed for you to enter wider fields of usefulness, to solve the greater problems of the soul.
18. Strive, then, to be content, and I will come to you some day and bring you richer gifts than gold or precious stones.
19.¬†I’m sure that John will care for you, supplying all your needs; and I am with you all the way, Jehoshua.
20. And by the hand of one, a merchant, going to Jerusalem, he sent this letter on its way.

Meditate on the decision for 5-10 minutes.

Stay within the Sacred Heart of Brother Jesus as you prepare for the third reading. Within these words, hear the parable of new life and old life. Who is calling you back to your old life? Who do you need to redirect to other supports so that you can continue on your new path? What new path is awaiting you if you will simply release the old?

Spend time contemplating this new path within this third reading.

Third Reading:

Chapter 30

Jesus receives news of the death of his father. He writes a letter to his mother. The letter. He sends it on its way by a merchant.

1. One day as Jesus stood beside the Ganges busy with his work, a caravan, returning from the West, drew near.
2. And one, approaching Jesus, said, We come to you from your native land and bring unwelcome news.
3. Your father is no more on earth; your mother grieves; and none can comfort her. She wonders whether you are still alive or not; she longs to see you once again.
4. And Jesus bowed his head in silent thought; and then he wrote. Of what he wrote this is the sum:
5. My mother, noblest of the womankind; A man just from my native land has brought me word that father is no more in flesh, and that you grieve, and are disconsolate.
6. My mother, all is well; is well for father and is well for you.
7. His work in this earth-round is done, and it is nobly done.
8. In all the walks of life men cannot charge him with deceit, dishonesty, nor wrong intent.
9. Here in this round he finished many heavy tasks, and he has gone from hence prepared to solve the problems of the round of soul.
10. Our Father-God is with him there, as he was with him here; and there his angel guards his footsteps lest he goes astray.
11. Why should you weep? Tears cannot conquer grief. There is no power in grief to mend a broken heart..
12. The plane of grief is idleness; the busy soul can never grieve; it has no time for grief.
13. When grief come trooping through the heart, just lose yourself; plunge deep into the ministry of love, and grief is not.
14. Yours is a ministry of love, and all the world is calling out for love.
15. Then let the past go with the past; rise from the cares of carnal things and give your life for those who live.
16. And if you lose your life in serving life you will sure to find in it the morning sun, the evening dews, in song of bird, in flowers, and in the stars of night.
17. In just a little while your problems of this earth-round will be solved; and when your sums are all worked out it will be pleasure unalloyed for you to enter wider fields of usefulness, to solve the greater problems of the soul.
18. Strive, then, to be content, and I will come to you some day and bring you richer gifts than gold or precious stones.
19.¬†I’m sure that John will care for you, supplying all your needs; and I am with you all the way, Jehoshua.
20. And by the hand of one, a merchant, going to Jerusalem, he sent this letter on its way
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Mediate on this new path for 5-10 minutes.

Re-focus on your breath, feel the ancient world fade away, do not lose the Sacred Heart you experience the story through, for this Sacred Heart was not Brother Jesus’ but is your Sacred Heart that allows the Divine Spark to live within you, and you within it.

Feel your chair/cushion/bench/or pillow again. Feel and experience the smells, sounds and textures of the room you are in. Move your fingers and toes, bring your breathing up to a normal pace through deep cleansing breaths.

Whatever tool you chose for post meditation soul work, take up and create what your new path looks like as you have left the old in the ancient world and are ready to embark upon the new.


There is a transition as universality of loss of control or end of oppression arises. Within the story it is shown as in the Canonical Gospels, through religious authorities plotting to end the life of Brother Jesus.

  1. That which you burn on any shrine you throw away. No blessings can attend the one who takes the food from hungry mouths to be destroyed by fire.
    19. When you would offer sacrifice unto our God, just take your gift of grain, or meat and lay it on the table of the poor.
    20. From it an incense will arise to heaven, which will return to you with blessedness.

The Aquarian Gospel 26:18-20

Brother Jesus continues to poke at the oppressor by challenging the waste that comes through a sacrificial system. Think it through, giving of your best or firsts, or using what little you have to purchase that without blemish to burn. Now some may argue historically-anthropologically that within these sacrificial systems that is how the priestly caste’s ate.

But then there is the stories of the corruption in the temple systems, and Jesus’ Jerusalem visit and scourging of the Temple of Solomon during Passover that shows even this system became corrupt. For it was not about being within the Source, but rather, using a religious designed system to create power bases to allow for control.

This is what knowing Jesus as Brother, a very Franciscan ideal if you will, not above, not unable to reach where the Way Showerer went due to divinity cloaked in flesh, but rather unification with the true Source (LOVE) showing what a life lived can mean:

  1. Make human hearts your altars, and burn your sacrifices with the fire of love. 23. And all the people were entranced, and would have worshiped Jesus as a God; but Jesus said, 24. I am your brother man just come to show to way to God; you shall not worship man; praise God, the Holy One.

The Aquarian Gospel 26:22-24

Our lives lived in service, in the creation of community of love and interdependence, these are the things that were meant to be. A common space where all God’s children are one family, unified in Truth that all is love and love is all.

Now this was the preamble to prepare you for the next spiritual practice.  That is to enter into the story. It is a practice of perspective, point of view. When I learned it during Summer School at the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad in Saskataoon, SK they used the story of David and Bathsheba, if you want a challenge then use this rape story, for it is about re-writing the sacred text from different perspectives.

Chapter 27

Jesus attends a feast in Behar. Preaches a revolutionary sermon on human equality. Relates the parable of the broken blades.

Read full chapter here.

For chapter 27, take some centering time through breath practice, then spend time meditatively reading the passage and contemplating what comes through for you. The next step will be harder. Enter into the story, and tell it from the perspective of Ach.

After it is written in your own words, take some time to contemplate the new version.

  1. What did you experience as Ach?
  2. What new insights came through?

Another day another reading, it is found in chapter 28 perhaps a truth that fear is no the opposite of love, but a cry for love. Within the story of this chapter that follows is about breaking the cycle of religious control

Chapter 28

Udraka gives a feast in Jesus’ honour. Jesus speaks on the unity of God and the brotherhood of life. Criticises the priesthood. Becomes the guest of a farmer.

Read full chapter here.

For chapter 28, take some centering time through breath practice, then spend time meditatively reading the passage and contemplating what comes through for you. The next step will be harder. Enter into the story, and tell it from the perspective of the Hindu priests.

After it is written in your own words, take some time to contemplate the new version.

  1. What did you experience as a priest?
  2. What new insights came through?

Another day of reading and another day of discovery. This time around the theme of letting go of anything that is not serving your higher purpose.

Chapter 29

Ajainin, a priest from Lahore, comes to Benares to see Jesus, and abides in the temple. Jesus refuses an invitation to visit the temple. Ajainin visits him at night in the farmer’s home, and accepts his philosophy.

Read full text here.

For chapter 29, take some centering time through breath practice, then spend time meditatively reading the passage and contemplating what comes through for you. The next step will be harder. Enter into the story, and tell it from the perspective of Ajainin.

After it is written in your own words, take some time to contemplate the new version.

  1. What did you experience as Ajainin?
  2. What new insights came through?

 

Another day, another passage to contemplate. The final piece is in:

Chapter 31

Brahmic priests are enraged because of Jesus’ teaching and resolve to drive him from India. Lamaas pleads for him. Priests employ a murderer to kill him. Lamaas warns him and he flees to Nepel.

Read full text here

For chapter 31, take some centering time through breath practice, then spend time meditatively reading the passage and contemplating what comes through for you. The next step will be harder. Enter into the story, and tell it from the perspective of a priest in the plot.

After it is written in your own words, take some time to contemplate the new version.

  1. What did you experience as a priest?
  2. What new insights came through?

 

A new day, spend time with each of your previous stories. You have entered into the Sacred Text. Wrestled with both sides of religious control and spiritual freedom. Take time in you journaling to what these stories have revealed to you in your own journey.

What path has been lit up within these writings for you?


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Today in the NE of Calgary, was the Village Fair, a free family event at the Village Square Leisure Centre that included performances by community arts groups, games for the kids, local agencies and businesses booths, and craft tables.

It was a fun time, in spite of the hiccups of those in wheel chairs needing to track down facility staff to access the arena level where the majority of stuff was happening, and then again to re-access the top level… a simple solution would have been to have the doors necessary for easy flow of all traffic types unlocked or propped open.

So VSLC out of touch?

Then though, while this was going on in the holy cul de sac, a church was actually having a craft sale & business fair (Prince of Faith Lutheran Church)… hmmm… let’s see a building designed to be the town centre of the Properties (Rundle, Pineridge, Whitehorn and Temple) hosting a huge Village Fair… and then a little church duplicating the offerings…

What IF the church actually showed they were engaged with their local community and had merged their event and had tables at the Village Fair? (Please note: Robert McClure United Church was actually at the fair with a table, but they could’ve event taken it a step further by staffing with volunteers, which they might have I am not sure).

So is the church Out of Touch?

Hmmm…just ponderings that struck me today in my neighbourhood as we start to unpack what it means for the Christianities to survive, thrive and reform in this new era we exist in.


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For many religion holds empty promises, quite a few words of love and acceptance, community and family, yet in practice it authentically comes down to dollars and cents and the ability to feel superior to someone else because “we are right” they are wrong.

Yet in the Mission District of Calgary there is a hidden gem. Unity Church of Calgary rents space out of St. Matthew’s United Church, and it is an actual spiritual community, that has thrown off the shackles (ills) of religion and embraced the good. That is the communal journey towards self-actualization, and truly building a better world.¬† It affirms all paths and journeys towards the Holy.¬† Is there a concern for dollars and cents? Yes, but they are open about it, this is the time we ask for your financial support, but they spend time about giving what one can from their heart, they also share other opportunities to learn and grow, share gifts.

The first Sunday of the month is potluck sunday (and yes they are good). The do not have a regular minister, but rather speakers each Sunday, with themes for each month, and they have a musical director, but share the music space with special musicians each week as well.

Here is but a sampling:

Imagination Fact or Fiction by Doug Horne

What I can I will by Rev. Toni Hegge

Anthony Burbridge

SO if you wish to actually discover what can be good about religion, and what community is about, swing on by on a Sunday morning for 10 a.m. (2035 26A ST SW).

June is Imagination Month, and well worth the practicallity for our lives.

 


That’s right, statistically speaking at least once this week a religious centre will close its doors permanently.¬† Whether it is is Jewish, Muslim, Bahai, Christian, Mormon, Unitarian, Sikh, Hindu, etc. at some time this week falling monies and funerals that outstrip births will lead a community of faithful to a decision it is time for them to cease existence.

Where does this challenge leave those of us who seek to live in communion with the Holy Mystery?¬† Simple, it leaves us with proactive decisions to be made, and I believe these decisions need to be centred upon what is the purpose for our communities existence?¬† Are we here simply to build a shrine to a “dead” God or to live out of the Love of the Living Holy in all of us and creation?

If the answer is affirmative to the first question, then I say it should be once an hour a centre should close until this irrelevancy is gone from the Canadian landscape.  If it is affirmative to the second, then I say we continue the journey and truly open ourselves up to realizing that what we have known is gone, and it is time to throw off the old structures and move forward together.