I can’t believe we’re already to the 4th Sunday of Easter! Can you? How is this year’s resurrection season going for you? As for scripture readings, we continue on in Luke, from 18-24, providing us with an opportunity to reflect on the end of Jesus’ earthly life and how Luke saw and portrayed his resurrection and ascension. Craddock notes, “The disciples are not dejected and downcast by the departure of Christ, nor do they look longingly back to Galilee and the life they knew before he called them to follow him. Instead, they look for the power from on high, and in this hope they return to Jerusalem and to the temple, full of joy and blessing God. … God is at work and something marvelous is about to happen.” p294-295
I find it hard to believe that the disciples didn’t feel a little sad – I am always wondering about what differences exist between what is in the texts we have available to us and the visceral reality the disciples experienced. How do you think the disciples experienced Jesus’ resurrection and ascension?
This week we read Part 3, “Managing Your Fears,” Chapter 4, “Who Procrastinates,” of the T+P+A Big Read 2019, The Lifelong Activist. Rettig’s short answer to that question is, “Everyone!” – at least at some point or another. It is a blessing to me that she admits that most of us procrastinate at some time or another for various reasons – and in doing so, gives us a kind of freedom to sit with our procrastination for a bit and consider what’s behind that and why we’re doing it. Guess what! For many of us, stress is a factor in our procrastination! Her parting wisdom:
You may not be able to do much about the inherent stressfulness of the activist vocation, but you can learn to control—or, more specifically, to moderate—your own response to that stress.Hillary Rettig, “Who Procrastinates” in The Lifelong Activist
Personally, my favorite word as it applies to “moderating” the things that might control us if we don’t moderate them, is “manage”: what isn’t necessarily controllable might be manageable in time. Keep reading for her ideas on how to do that, and c’mon over to People of the Books, our online book club in which we discuss this book and whatever else is on your mind or heart!
We continue praying through Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer, with “the Sunday closest to May 11”. Of the Divine Hours as a practice, the website ExploreFaith.org notes, “Praying the hours enjoins us to stop, let go of all that occupies us, and focus on the sacred at regular intervals throughout the day. Suddenly, every day becomes holy, for every day is laced together by our appointments with God.”
Does every day feel holy to you? If so, why? If not, why not?
Check out the Find Your FBCO Map to find your local faith-based community organizing affiliate and connect with the people who are working together to live out their dreams of a more just world! What’s going on in your living of the Gospel? Let us know in the comments, in our e-mail discussion group, or on social media.
- Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. “Easter: Resurrection as a Spiritual Practice,” March 28, 2013.
- ExploreFaith.org. “The Divine Hours: A Complete Guide to the Ancient Practice of Fixed-Hour Prayer,” accessed May 6, 2019. http://www.explorefaith.org/prayer/prayer/fixed/index.php
- Luther Seminary. “Enter the Bible,” n.d. http://www.enterthebible.org/.
- Patterson, Stephen. Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Life and Death of Jesus. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2004.
- Rettig, Hillary. “How Procrastination Feels” in The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way. New York, NY: Lantern Books, 2006.
- Tickle, Phyllis. The Divine Hours (Volume Three): Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer. New York: Image Books, 2016.