News: March '12
Meditation for Gethsemane During Lent
By Tom Boomershine
The beauty of nonviolence is that in its own way and in its own time it seeks to break the chain reaction of evil. With a majestic sense of spiritual power, it seeks to elevate truth, beaut and goodness to the throne. Therefore I will continue to follow this method because I think it is the most practically sound and morally excellent way for the Negro to achieve freedom.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where Do We Go from Here? (Beacon Press, p.65)
I recommend an Ignatian meditation of composition of place with the story of Jesus’ arrest in Mark 14:43-52. Imagine yourself in the garden with Jesus late on Passover night. What are the sounds, the sights, the smells, the tastes of the Passover meal and the wine, and the touches of sitting on the ground leaning against an olive tree?
One dimension of the prayer associated with this place is a prayer of willingness to accept whatever suffering and shame may be a necessary part of the fulfillment of your purpose and destiny.
This can also be a meditation on your own willingness to stand with Jesus and be counted rather than to desert him out of fear or disappointment.
One of the ironies of non-violence is that it is often harder to maintain courage as a participant in non-violent intervention than it is in situations of battle or violent confrontation. The energy to inflict others with injury or death is sometimes easier to identify than the energy to absorb suffering while maintaining a course of resistance.
Another possible dimension of this meditation is to learn from Jesus’ spirit how to engage the injustice of opponents with precise description but in a spirit of detachment rather than violent rage.
The potential gift of this meditation and of learning to tell this story with personal integrity is greater clarity about your own spirituality in relation to Jesus. Give yourself at least 15 minutes for this meditation.
West Africa 2013
Plans are underway for a return trip to The Gambia and a first biblical storytelling teaching mission to Cameroon a year from now. This trip is led by Juliana Rowe, Director of International Missions for the Network of Biblical Storytellers, who has already spearheaded three trips to The Gambia for the purpose of promoting biblical storytelling.
GoTell will again have primary responsibility for planning the educational program. If you are interested in joining this adventure please contact us. There is nothing more meaningful or life enriching than crossing major geographical and cultural boundaries to connect with people through the stories of God.
We have nearly completed all the story pages for every Gospel story in the three-year lectionary cycle. These pages are accessed either by clicking on the "Narratives" tab (listed by Gospel text reference) or "Lections" tab (listed by date).
SO! We invite you to choose your favorite story, or one you have learned and told, or one you would like to learn this year. And then, when you've made your choice, go to our Sponsor-a-Story page, make a donation ($20/story would asssure that we meet our goal) and write the bibical text reference in the Comments section of the page.
We'll put your name on the story page, and be very grateful for your support!
Here is the link for Sponsor-a-Story: