Dreaming of a Church week 3

Dreaming of a church

Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones.  He is called to speak an impossible message.

Just like Ezekiel I ask if these bones can come back to life.

God alone knows.

I will make breath enter you so you come to life.

I prophesied, I was prophesying.

Prophesy to the bones, to the breath.  I prophesied to God command me.

God says “I have spoken.  I will do it.” This gives me great comfort.

The Word became flesh here—Annunciation—

Annunciation by Denise Levertov


…Arrived on solemn grandeur of great wings, the angelic ambassador…

But we are told of meek obedience. No one mentions courage.

She was free to accept or to refuse, choice integral to humanness.

Called to a destiny more momentous than any in all of Time,

… (she) only asked a simple” How can this be?”

…took to heart the angel’s reply, perceiving instantly the astounding ministry she was offered.”

Song—Woman of God—by Sister Maeve Louise Heaney FMVD

Come teach me how to believe … Woman of faith

The Great Welcoming

“Living as a people of the Resurrection gifted with the Holy Spirit, The Church embraces everyone saint and sinner in her maternal arms.”

“The Body of Christ each different; each unique. Each has a critical role.

From the beginning when we are baptized as “Priest, Prophet and King”

And again You are my beloved.

Verbum Dei—The Word of God-Jesus good works.

Inspiration from – Dorothy Day, Harriet Tubman, Oscar Romero, Our Lady of Guadalupe and all the saints living and not that inspire us to go forth and help those who are oppressed and marginalized.

Homily goal: to embody “I have seen the Lord” –Mary Magdalene.  Embodiment fo Mary’s own testimony and witness. And the preachers …YOU ALL!!

The Creed—I Believe, I Believe, I Believe!!

Prayers of the Faithful-

From Richard Rohr-

O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us.  May all that we do flow from our dep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory.  Listen to our hearts ‘longing for the healing of our world. (add your intentions) …knowing you are hearing us better tha we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God. Amen.

Remember as we are called to prayer and faith like the hemorrhaging woman.

Our Father

In Aramaic to recite recalling our heritage that sometimes seems so far away in the middle east.

Abwoon d’bwashmaya—Our Father Our Mother , the Cosmos.

Nethqadash shmakh.

Teytey malkuthakh.

Nehwey sebyanach aykanna

D’bwashmaya aph b’arha

Habwlan lachma d’sunqanan yaomana

Washboqlan khaubayn (wakhtahayn)

Aykana daph khnan shbwoqan l’khayyabayn

Wela tahlan l’nesyuna,

Ela patzan min bisha

Metol dilakhie malkutha

Wahayla watesh-

Bukhta l’ahlam almin


Peace-  Namaste– “ Recognize the Divine in yourself and bow to the Divine within others”. If you truly saw the Divine in others you would likely be on your knees.

Eucharist bread is inserted in the tabernacle into the world.  Mary looks at the world preaching toward community. The greatest gift:  Jesus is here, right here.

Love, wash feet, listen and do like Mary and Martha.

In Sandra Schneider’s book—She notes that Martha serves and Mary anoints. They are minister/deacons/disciples. They both assume their “right.”

Hospitality—radical hospitality—Feeding the crowds, the last supper and washing of feet, and breakfast at sea (feed my sheep).

Fall in love

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.  What you are in love with what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.  All in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.—Father Arupe

God is present completely and universally.

We are like the Trinity living in absolute relatedness.  For God to be good, God can be one.

For God to be loving God has to be two because love is always relationship.  But for God to share “excellent joy” and “delight” God has to be three. –Richard Rohr.

God is love and justice.

For the Journey-and going out to help those in need

May I never pass by the person who is paralyzed, my I never not heal the man with the shriveled hand, May I always lower my friend in front of Jesus to be healed, May I always run to follow Jesus.  May I always see the divine in each person and fall to my knees. Amen.

For the Journey-

Mighty God, Father of All,

Compassionate God, Mother of all,

Bless every person I have met,

Every face I have seen,

Every voice I have heard,

Especially those most dear,

Bless every city, town and street that I have known,

Bless very sight I have seen,

Every sound I have heart,

Every object I have touched

In some mysterious way these have all fashioned my life;

All that I am, I have received.

Great God, bless the world.  John Morris SJ

Go in Peace

And sing—

Send down the fire of your justice,

Send down the rains of your love;

Come send down the Spirit breathe life in your people and we

Shall be people of God.

My dream…

3 thoughts on “Dreaming of a Church week 3

  1. There is no meek acceptance of dry bones here!

    I noticed the position of the hands in the artwork you posted. Did you intentionally focus on hands? Is there a photo of hands that speaks to you most? A gesture or posture of the hands that resonates with you at this time as part of your vision?

    What are your hands doing now?

    1. Dear Sarah, Thanks so much for reminding me of “hands”. As I was contemplating and discerning my call to the diaconate over the last few years. I did meditate or pray with Mary Magdalene’s hands.
      One of the images is a bronze relief of Mary preaching and proclaiming the Resurrection. The bronze artwork was created by Sister Margaret Beaudette. The artwork is in the Church of the Ascension in Manhattan. I will add it to my reflection post. The other set of Mary Magdalene’s hands are in an Icon wear she is also preaching and proclaiming.
      Henry Ossawa Tanner;s painting with Mary’s hands prayerfully on her lap and Our Lady of Guadalupe holding her people in prayer are probably what my hands are doing right now.
      Blessings and thank you, Lydia 🙂

  2. This is a beautiful liturgy! Something that stood out to me from “The Great Welcoming” section was the line, “And again You are my beloved.” When I read your post this seems to be at the heart of it – the truth that we are the beloved of God. I hear you calling out to the people of God welcoming them to be held by the one who loves us. You are the hands reaching out to those who love showering them with so many blessings. This liturgy isn’t just a liturgy – it is a dream of what could and should be. Like we talked about on Wednesday I wonder if you could share it with your children, with your parish, or others in need of this sort of prayer.

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