Thursday, July 16, 2020
WHAT AN ATTITUDE
This is the first of our Summer Series
Dear All of Us,
"What an attitude!"
That can be a complaint or a compliment.
That can be a put down or a lift up.
It all depends.
We can have one hell of an attitude.
We can have one wonderful attitude.
Our attitude can be damning.
It can be redeeming.
Attitude is our approach, our stance,
the trajectory, the angle, the tone of our living.
Attitude is our mode, our manner of
It's how we come at life
and how we position as life comes at us.
Get it right and things are just that.
Get it wrong and that's what we get.
Jesus gets it so completely right.
His character, his living, his teaching
speak it, show it.
They model attitude for us.
These summer weeks
here at "frankly speaking"
we survey his Soul Share,
his summary teaching,
The Sermon on the Mount,
and how we can
by living it.
Before getting into specifics,
Jesus first sets the tone,
the approach, the stance,
the manner and mode for living
our Follow Through.
In eight different harmonies
he sings his attitudes on being, his
All eight are pathways to
bliss, happiness, blessedness.
Each is a perfect fit for walking life's way.
Each is also so counter cultural that they all seem
to be like going against traffic on a one way street.
Well, that's so.
Just as so, the Be Attitudes reroute, road right us.
They put us on a completely different life trajectory,
give us a totally new mode of "be"ing.
Let's have a look and listen and a living.
BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT,
FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
The only way to be filled up is to empty out.
We need to get free from the grip
of every notion, effort, item,
person, place or thing
we count on for basic and ultimate
security, success, fulfilment.
That leaves nothing,
making room for everything.
That poverty clears our spirit
for God's fulfillment -
unlimited enrichment -
God based and given.
It means living in the divine zone -
the very kingdom of heaven.
Sure, we buy food, own a car,
enjoy a good show, save for retirement.
They are elements of our giftedness,
not the whole of it, nor our life base.
They are passing immediacies,
part of a whole,
while not at all the whole.
"Poor in spirit" means
we do not allow possessions and powers
to posses primacy of place,
be they emotional, relational, financial,
intellectual, spiritual, material,
our talents, capacities or position.
We hold them all appreciatively and lightly,
never trying to parlay them to
where they can't go nor take us.
We let go pride of place,
ourselves as the center of things
and all our contrivances.
We let go of everyone and everything
we use as our base and surety
and are had and held by God.
This is the hard part and the best part.
Clutching no one nor anything
we are wide open and
we are ravished in God's Love.
This first Be Attitude is translated
into contemporary English as:
"You're blessed when you are
at the end of your rope.
With less of you
there is more of God
and his rule."
Being poor in spirit is like giving up
a McDonald's burger and fries
to enjoy a Michelin Three Star dining experience.
God is wildly in love with us.
God wants to sweep us up into
an ecstatic, passionate divine dance.
We need to make sure there's no clutter
on then dance floor.
Nothing there means everything -
everything out of the way,
everything and infinitely more
to then be experienced
in God's passionate embrace.
It's a big day when we trade in
our security blanket.
That's the day we get wrapped
into Lovers' Oneness - God
It's an even bigger day,
a life deciding one,
when we resign
attempting to be
That poverty of position
opens the way to be factored into
THE INTEGRITY, THE FULLNESS
THE ONE GOD
dwelling now in the Kingdom Come
and forever in the Kingdom Coming.
How blessed, blissful, happy
are we when poor in spirit.
WHAT AN ATTITUDE
"The Good Lord willing
and if the creek don't rise...",
more next week on Jesus and his
Attitudes on how to Be
I pray we all
David Brooks preached
an outstanding interpretation of
our current cultural context,
and what is at issue as we strive to
It is an excellent source for
PRAYER AND PONDER.
It is available online at
Washington National Cathedral
Sunday, July 5, 2020
A THANKS AND A SUGGESTION
My dear friend, Phil Russo, shared
"Gaudete et Exsultate"
"On the Call To Holiness In Today's World"
Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis.
Many thanks to Phil for this gem.
It is a superb primer for our spiritual lives as we
"I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me. "
It is available online.
Print copy is published by
Books and Media
It's so good to "be" together here
with new folks each week.
Among many others this week,
we were blessed with a large showing
Welcome to you and all
our other new participants.
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