Since we began meeting weekly, we’ve been a small handful; well, usually less than a handful, if I’m to be fully honest. We are a sincere handful, though! In fact, it is a joy to be able to speak so intimately with those who attend, and I find that including some discussion within my weekly message gives it unexpected life. It’s no wonder Jesus preferred to have his little band of friends and family sit with him to learn about the deeper things. And that is what I believe he taught. Deeper things. Metaphysical truths. How to become a more spiritual person. How to discover, through that spirituality, ways to bring God’s Love into the world. How to be Love in the midst of oppression, anger, fear, and hate. Indeed, how to be a Spiritual Warrior. For, I do think that Jesus was a Spiritual Warrior.
For the past few weeks, we have been discussing ways to become Spiritual Warriors using Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as recorded in chapter 5 of the New Testament book of Matthew. Specifically, we have been centering on the list of blessing we call the “Beatitudes.” I call them the “Be Attitudes.” You see, one way that I find to interpret this list is as a list of attributes of a Spiritual Warrior. So far we’ve dealt with “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.,” ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted..” and“ ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” If you’re interested in what we had to say, just click on the links.
This coming Sunday, February 15, we will be talking about “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” We’ll consider: what is righteousness? Who are those who hunger, who thirst for this?
Feel free to join us at Red Mountain Park in East Mesa. We meet at or near the Owl Ramada at 4:00 p.m. If you can’t make it Sunday, our discussion group meets on the first Monday of the month at the Macayo’s on Baseline and Dobson in Mesa at 6:30 p.m. Our next meeting will be on March 2. We’ll be discussing ideas and thoughts about belief in things greater than ourselves. How do you perceive the universe and the place of humans in that universe?
Blessings to all!