Lent for Liberation and Possibility

TO FORM,INSPIRE AND STRETCH

WEEK 4 - "Let what you have said be done to me"

Reflecting on the wisdom of The Annunciation.

AWAIT

Breathe

"Wherever and whoever God is for us, we will, and can only meet God where we are, in our embodied living, on our planet earth, in the living universe that enfolds our planet, and in the everyday world where we live and move and have our being. If we don't meet God in the everyday, we won't meet God at all." Margaret Silf, (Companions of Christ)

ATTEND

  • Art can transform - it can transcend the rational and open us into a way of seeing that is expansive.


The link below will take you to a range of works inspired by the story of The Annunciation.


http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-processquery.pl?code=ACT&SortOrder=Title&LectionaryLink=AAnLo


What has drawn you to this image?

What is it saying to you?

A Primal Yes to Life

Never underestimate the absolute importance - and the difficulty - of starting each encounter with a primal 'yes'. Isn't this what we consistently see in great people and those that make a difference? To start each encounter with no is largely what it means to be unconscious or unaware. You eventually become so defended that you cannot love or see well and so defensive that you cannot change. This is a form of blindness that often passes for intelligence, prudence or even good judgement...For some unfortunate reason, complaining, rejecting or fearing something strengthens your sense of ego and makes you feel like you are important. You contract in to your small and false self, and from there, unfortunately, it becomes harder and harder to re-emerge.

The Naked Now, Richard Rohr



Liberation as an act of surrender... "This act of total surrender is not merely a fantastic intellectual and mystical gamble; it is something much more serious. It is an act of love for this unseen person, who in the very gift of love by which we surrender ourselves to his reality also makes his presence known to us." Thomas Merton, The Contemplative Experience.


What do these thoughts suggest about what it might mean to a liberated person?


What do these thoughts suggest about our call to offer a liberating education?

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ACCEPT

The theological significance of Mary conceiving Jesus by the Holy Spirit coming upon her is profound...The Spirit first overshadows something in the Genesis story, where the Spirit of God blows or moves or hovers over the waters, and the creation of the world begins...The verb 'overshadow' indicates the presence of God approaching to do a new thing. Whether depicted as a bird, fire or bright shining clod, whenever the Spirit overshadows, hang on: divine initiative is bringing a surprise into history...in the Annunciation story...again, God's compassion is doing something new, in this case, coming to share the lives of suffering, sinful human beings in flesh. Mary places the life-giving powers of her female body hand-in-hand with God's invitation and says yes. God's gracious gift to humankind begins to take shape within her. Nothing is impossible for God. (Mary of the Magnificat: A Heart on Fire, Elizabeth A Johnson CSJ)


How might we be instruments with our God to do new things?


Where is the Spirit 'overshadowing' us?


What implications and demands are placed on us as we seek to provide a liberating education?