- Sunday November 26 – A Guide for Perplexed Feet
– Prayerfully re-read these passages again in the manner of Lectio Divina, perhaps aloud so you can feel them with more of your senses. What opens your heart? What informs your journey at this time?
If you wish, you may re-read the full reflection here: https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/word-of-the-week-nov26
As I begin this week, gazing on this week’s image, in my Examen on my “sheep-ness” my eyes are drawn to somewhat detached lamb from the flock . I remember that still in the African and Asian remote areas, the shepherd breaks the leg of the wayward lamb, then binds its leg and carries the lamb his/her shoulders. Once healed the lamb knows its place in the flock.
As my Examen of Consciousness unfolded this week, gazing upon the image I paused on the figure of the shepherdess. If that shepherdess is me how am I respecting the “sheep-ness” of those in my life, from the smile I offer to people that I meet in my neighborhood out on a walkabout to those are in my care, as a spiritual director, as a listener to someone’s 5th-step as …..There is a consenting to “see” as God sees, a long pause here….. I have always been drawn to the fringes, searching out the one not finding their belonging in the Church. Perhaps many years of humility, humiliation, powerlessness are smoothing the rough edges though “consenting”. Pausing now on the eve of a new liturgical year, I consent………
My heart opens to Father Keating’s words “…to allow God in God’s infinite wisdom let happen to us what happens.” Living life trusting each circumstance comes from God’s infinite wisdom takes confusion about why something happens out of the equation. Are all situations pleasant? No, that is not the point. Trusting to be given what is needed in any circumstance does bring the joy of the Kingdom to everyday life. <3 linda
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