Temple of the Magdalene/Authentic Freedom Weekly
May 14, 2017
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Beloved: Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it says in Scripture: Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame. Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and A stone that will make people stumble, and a rock that will make them fall. They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny. You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 PT 2: 4-9
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”
John 14: 12
Acts 6: 1-7
PS 33: 1-2, 4-5, 18-19
Jn 14: 1-12
Full Text of this week’s readings:
We Are the Temple
For those who call Jesus teacher, we are invited to follow Jesus’ example, adhere to his teachings, and most importantly, put into practice what he modeled.
What Jesus modeled was the path to being fully human. (Read my blog this week, Enlightenment Means Being Fully Human HERE.) This is the stone that was rejected by the institutions that were threatened by individual human sovereignty – the Roman government and some (the vocal minority) ruling members of the Temple hierarchy. Jesus and his teachings were rejected by popular culture (and they still are today), but they remain the cornerstone upon which each of us have the opportunity to fully embody our true Divine selves in human form – realizing the fullness of our Oneness with God in Love.
When we allow Jesus’ teachings and example to become the cornerstone of our lives, we ascend the ladder of human transformation and then descend by bringing these lessons into our human experience. It is in becoming fully embodied (self-actualized) that we then become like Jesus and are able to accomplish “even greater things.”
In this, WE become the temple. Not a temple built by human hands. Not an institution with man-made dogma or doctrine keeping us small. Instead, we come into our own sovereignty as Divinely human Kings and Queens. In our Oneness with God, we become the rulers of our own lives, allowing the Divine within to guide our steps and unfold our path so that we might fulfill the purpose for which we came.
What Does Your Temple Look Like?
Spiritual Practice – Building Your Temple
For this week’s spiritual practice you will need a blank sheet of paper and a box of Crayola crayons.
While listening to the following music, on the blank sheet of paper, draw your Temple. Envision your Divine self as completely embodied in your human form. What do you look like as your fully embodied Divine self? What does your Soul look like when it comes fully into your human form?
Humility is the hallmark of a fully embodied human being. When we realize our Oneness with God, we also realize our smallness compared to the infinite nature of that which we call “God.” We realize that it is only in our connection with the Divine that great works can be done through us and in this, all credit goes to God. In this I am reminded of Paul’s letter to the Philippians:
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
Phil 2: 5-8
Think of one thing in your life or in the world that strikes awe and wonder in you over the infinite and magnificent nature of God? How can one even compare with this?
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