ONLINE RETREATS BEGIN SEPT 7 – REGISTER BELOW
As Jesus fans and followers, no doubt the phrase “the Word made flesh” has passed your lips at some point. I sometimes wonder what that looked like for those who lived, learned, and worked alongside Jesus “in the flesh”. The scriptures are full of descriptions of sensory experiences. Just imagine the sounds in the streets the disciples walked – children laughing, dogs barking, roosters crowing, and, without the advantage of cell phones to text one another, people calling to each other across laneways. Imagine the smells of food cooking on fires, the sea air, or perhaps even smelly feet to be washed. How did loaves and fishes taste when shared among people who had been gathered in droves on a hillside for hours, hungry for connection to this remarkable teacher?
Creation, nature, natural systems, have sometimes been referred to as the first scripture – the first place of revelation about the nature of God. During the next few weeks let’s turn to this first scripture and explore together what lessons and experiences “the Word made flesh” through Creation might hold for us.
We will use practices that heighten our senses and engage our bodies in this exploration.
We will pray with the Canticle of the Creatures or Canticle of the Sun, as it is sometimes called, written by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. This song of praise has become even more poignant to my ears since learning that it was written at a time when his own body was failing in illness and he, in fact, died shortly afterwards.
These retreats are written for individual practice, but may be adapted for prayer, study, or discussion groups.
The retreat can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as you care to make it. It may be used in full once a week or in parts throughout the week as fits your own schedule.
Emails will arrive on Saturday mornings.