Contemporary Scripture Reflections for Spiritual Seekers
Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, BCC, PCC
SUNDAY BIBLETALK
October 11th, 2020
Excerpt from
Woman Dreamer (1989)
Elizabeth-Anne Stewart

They do not know.
They have not seen.
They have neither felt
nor touched nor tasted
the power and glory
of owning and letting go
of being and letting be.
They have not probed
beneath the skin
for subtle signs of mystery
or studied the harmony
of opposites
present in yin and yang,
animus and anima.

They have not heard
life's rhythms
pulse beneath the rain-drenched Earth
or whisper in the greening leaves
of lilacs and magnolias;
they have not smelled
its fragrance
carried by the wind
caressed by gentle breezes;
nor have they felt its beat
throbbing in the heart
of a child.

No. They have seen only
boundaries, barriers
and dichotomies--
rifts between body and soul,
man and woman,
saved and damned,
divisions wide as gaping canyons,
bloody as war.

They dwell in a crumbling house,
teetering on termite-ridden frame.
Their resources dwindle in trade;
they lavish wages on refuse,
remembering neither their
beginning
nor their ending,
nor the days in between,
neither kairos nor chronos
nor things of significance.

What they know
are limits and restrictions,
brick walls without doors,
concrete cells sans windows.
For them, life is function,
rote and predictable;
their god, Big Brother,
omniscient, omnipotent,
the feared puppeteer
who pulls the strings
this way and that,
jerking obedience
from wooden mannikins.

PRESENTATIONS
Theosophical Society
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The Well Spirituality Center, LaGrange Park, IL
October 24, 2020
9:30 am-2:00 pm
*re-scheduled as a day of reflection


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Greetings, Readers!

In this time of global darkness, each of us has the responsibility to be awake and aware, spiritually-ready and completely attuned to where Spirit is calling us. Are we willing to undertake that transformation of consciousness so needed at this time? Are we committed to seeking Truth and speaking Truth, regardless of the price? Do we care enough about the Earth and about future generations that we will live more sustainably, daring to become a new creation?

Given the pandemic, social and economic upheaval, the failure of our guiding institutions and a multitude of environmental disasters, we need to wake up or suffer the fate of the dinosaurs.
For now is the hour of holiness, the time to redeem from forgetfulness, the time of waiting in readiness...

Many Blessings!
Elizabeth

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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

The servants went out into the streets
and gathered up all the people they found, bad and good alike, filling the hall with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes. The king said, 'My friend, how is it
that you came here without a wedding garment?'
But the man remained silent. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him out, into the darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen."
Matt 22:1-14

For all the casualness of contemporary fashion, few wedding guests would show up in T-Shirts and sweatpants-- or, for that matter, in sportswear, swim suits or "house clothes." Weddings, in fact, are one of the few occasions for which people actually dress up, often purchasing new outfits and accessories, and even booking facials, hair cuts and manicures. Not to "dress" for a wedding is considered both ignorant and disrespectful. Those who dare to show up casually dressed or poorly groomed will quickly feel out of place when they observe the attire of the other guests, or when they notice all the disapproving looks coming their way.

In the parable of The Guest Without a Wedding Garment, the King seems unreasonable. After all, the poorly-dressed guest was not on the original guest list and had no idea that the the King's servants, finding him on the streets, would more or less drag him to the wedding feast. It's possible that this guest thought he could mingle with everyone else and escape notice; there is nothing to indicate that he intended to offend. It is also interesting that when the King addresses him, trying to find out why he is unsuitably dressed, this guest has nothing to say. He could, for example, say, "I was going about my own business, out on the street, when your servants dragged me to the wedding. I was clueless that this was going to happen!"
Instead of speaking up for himself, he says nothing in his own defense. Then, instead of feasting and celebrating, he finds himself bound hand and foot and cast out, into the darkness.

Why the extreme punishment? We know that those on the original guest list proved unworthy of the great honor: some refused to attend, others ignored the invitation to the King's son's wedding, while still others killed the King's servants. We also know that the next batch of guests were both "bad and good," so we can assume that this under-dressed guest belongs to the first category. But what makes him "bad"? There is no suggestion that he was involved in murdering the King's servants or that he was one of those who had refused or ignored the invitation earlier.

My take is that this guest is unprepared. The Wedding Feast, of course, is a metaphor for the Kingdom of God. To enter this Kingdom, one has to be spiritually awake and aware, fully conscious of the great honor that comes with being on the guest list. Worthy guests are "dressed in grace," desiring nothing more than to please their Host. In turn, the King desires the company of each guest, seeking to be at-one with each of them -- to be the Bridegroom of their hearts. Sadly, the guest without a wedding garment has no relationship with the Bridegroom/ King; his complete lack of social graces and his inability to seek forgiveness are what ultimately seal his fate. He does not know the Bridegroom/King and, therefore, the Bridegroom/ King does not know him.

How can we apply this to our own lives? Do we know God as intimately as God desires to know us, or are we merely "religious conformists" who "say our prayers," perform rituals and devotions, speak about God, research God, but fail to enter into the unitive life to which each of us is invited? Are we clad in our wedding garments, "ready and waiting," or are we content to lounge around in PJ's and slippers, asleep to the Mystery which surrounds us at every second -- and nano-second-- of our existence?

QUESTIONS
FOR REFLECTION

  1. Do you think that the guest without a wedding garment was treated unfairly?
  2. What's YOUR take on his punishment?
  3. How spiritually awake are you? What are the reasons for your answer?
  4. What do you understand by the "unitive life"? Is this something which you desire?
DATE:
October 24th, 2020
TIME:
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
WHERE:
The Well/ Zoom

BEYOND GOD:
JOIN ME FOR A VIRTUAL DAY OF REFLECTION!
Globalization and technological developments have radically affected every aspect of human life from conception to the process of dying. Ironically, a plugged-in, Bluetoothed humanity has not only disconnected from the Earth but also from the Mysterium, that realm of experience in which we encounter the Holy One.

In our current milieu – one of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in a world ravaged by pandemic, global warming, social upheaval and the failure of our guiding institutions – the old names and images for God no longer resonate, nor has religion kept pace. It is precisely in this era of mind-shifting change and institutional atrophy, however, that a new awareness of the God beyond “God” is beginning to emerge.

To learn more about this event, please visit The Well's website or else listen to my video explaining the content and structure of the day.
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION AND LIFE COACHING BY PHONE OR ZOOM
This video explains my approach to this ministry, while my website provides further details as well. During COVID-19, sessions are by phone or on Zoom; I am also available to facilitate "virtual" retreats for groups and individuals.
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