May ~ 2014
May 4 – Easter 3
A reading from Robert Holden’s Happiness Now: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good Fast:
“Like a fragrance to a flower, true happiness is an expression of your unconditioned Self – the real You.
True happiness is…very attractive in that it literally attracts great things. Happiness…encourages trust, spontaneity, optimism, and enthusiasm – all of which bring great gifts. In particular, when you dare to be happy, you find that people instinctively gravitate to you and like you, although they may not know why. Maybe it’s something to do with your smile. Whatever it is, your happiness is an inspiration and a gift to everyone. Everyone benefits from true happiness – everyone benefits from YOUR happiness.
No matter how low, hurt, hopeless…fearful, or how awful you feel, the potential to experience peace and happiness never goes away. Just as clouds in the sky can eclipse the sun but not destroy it, so too can fear and pain eclipse your happiness but not destroy it. The potential for happiness is with you permanently.”
Luke 24.13-15, 17-24, 28-35 (New International Version)
13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
17[Jesus] asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19″What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road…?” 33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
May 11 – Easter 4
The Wisdom of Ernest Holmes
“Jesus likened the [Experience of God] unto ‘a grain of mustard seed, which one took and sowed in the field…’ He then goes on to say that very soon this small seed becomes a tree which puts forth branches. Here Jesus is referring to the Tree of Life, which means the unity of God with humankind. The seed is the consciousness of the little child which becomes aware of its relationship with the divine Parentage. Out of this inner awareness grows and blossoms a concept of harmony. The Tree of Life expands and puts forth branches; its shade provides shelter.”
Acts 2.42.-47 (New International Version)
42[People] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and [shared] everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily…
7 [Jesus made the following point]: “I’ll be explicit…I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
May 18 – Easter 5
Psalm 33.1-5 (The Inclusive Hebrew Scriptures, vol. iii, Priests for Equality)
1Sing out your joy to Our God, you who love justice – praise is fitting for loyal hearts. 2Praise Our God with the harp, and play music with a ten-stringed lyre! 3Sing God a new song, play with all your skill, and with shouts of joy! 4For the word of Our God is true and everything God does can be trusted. 5Our God loves justice…and fills the earth with love.
1 Peter 2.2-3, 9-10 (NIV)
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 9 You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of [the one] who called you out of darkness into a wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God…
John 14.1-12 (New Revised Standard Version, adapted)
1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In [God’s] house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to [know God] except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my [God] also. From now on you do know God…” 8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us [God], and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the [Heavenly Parent]. How can you say, ‘Show us [God]’? 10Do you not believe that I am in [God] and [God] is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the [Divine dwelling] in me does [the] works. 11Believe me that I am in [God] and [God] is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these…
May 25 – Easter 6
Psalm 66.1-2, 4 (The Inclusive Hebrew Scriptures, vol. iii, Priests for Equality)
1Shout to God, all the earth! 2Sing the glory of God’s Name – give glorious praise! 4The whole earth worships you and sings praises to you – all creation praises your Name!
The Wisdom of Joel Goldsmith
“The spiritually illumined will recognize that because no good can come or go, that because spiritual activity is always of the nature of fulfillment, that because their illumination has revealed the reality of things, they are anchored in Soul, in God-consciousness, in spiritual peace, security, and serenity. We will fear no change in the outer picture because the outer is but the reflection of the allness within.”
John 14.15-20 (The Inclusive New Testament, Priests for Equality)
15[Jesus said to his disciples], “If you love and obey the command I give you, 16I will ask the One who sent me to give you another Paraclete, another Helper to be with you always – 17the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept since the world neither sees nor recognizes her; but you can recognize the Spirit because she remains with you and will be within you. 18I won’t leave you orphaned; I will come back to you. 19A little while now and the world will see me no more; but you’ll see me; because I live, and you will live as well. 20On that day you’ll know that I am in God, and you are in me, and I am in you.”