Christian mysticism–Fr. Dale Matson

January 29, 2012

On his blog Soundings, Dale Matson reflects on mysticism:

Actually it is in Christ that we learn who we truly are. In Him our personality is not annihilated; in Him our personality is brought to fruition. The ultimate aim of the Christian mystic is union with Christ.


Mark 1:21-28

January 29, 2012

Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. (Mark 1:21)
      Jesus, enter ever parish of this diocese today and teach through the power of your Holy Spirit.

And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and heed all teaching that authentically comes from Jesus. Let the words that he speaks cut us to the heart.

Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” (Mark 1:23-25)
      Jesus, whenever evil spirits manifest themselves in our lives or in our parishes, rebuke them and cast them out.

And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. (Mark 1:26)
      Father, please help us persevere through to victory in the fight with what is evil in your sight.

Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” (Mark 1:27)
      Father, help the clergy and people of this diocese recognize and accept the authority with which Jesus speaks to us.

And immediately his fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee. (Mark 1:28 )
      Jesus, we pray that the news of what you are doing in our congregations will spread throughout our communities. Thank you.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Gen. 18:16-33: Gal. 5:13-25: Mark 8:22-30
HC: Mark 1:21-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Gen. 19:1-17(18-23)24-29: Heb. 11:1-12: John 6:27-40

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 1:29-39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; 2 Kings 4:(8-17)18-21(22-31); Psalm 142).

***** Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Someone once said that if you are right about something; keep quiet about it. On the flip side if you are wrong about something; apologize. This might be a good equation in life within marriage, with friends and family. Jesus said, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Albany Intercessor


Animals

January 29, 2012

Job 39:26-27 (NKJV)
“Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
And spread its wings toward the south?
Does the eagle mount up at your command,
And make its nest on high?

Father,
By Your wisdom, the creatures of this world live and move and have their being. By Your provision, the quail flew into Israel’s camp in the wilderness. You instructed Balaam’s donkey to speak and commanded the ravens to feed Elijah and gave Nehemiah’s horse wisdom to travel at night around the walls of Jerusalem.
Your Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords, entered Jerusalem in triumph, yet lowly, sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. Jesus instructed the disciples to cast their nets on the right side of the boat to bring in a multitude of fish.
We thank You that in their service to man, these animals served You. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in the lives of the animals of Israel today. Establish Your kingdom, Lord, from Dan to Beersheba, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. Amen.


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