Friday, February 27, 2009

waked from the sleep of the senses...

Much of great value has been written on various blogs in the last few months about the process of becoming an ordained personage. It is a deeply important subject that I have great interest in myself. But in today's meditation, Brother Tilden reminds us of the nature and joy of the true call and its availability to all people:

"The Fishers' Call (Scripture reading)

"And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people.
And his fame went throughout all Syria: And they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. (Matt iv)
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The Fishers' Call (Tilden's meditation)

WHY were they the first to hear him gladly ?
As Jesus walked by the sea he called these young brothers, because he knew their hearts were free and full of ready zeal. So when he said, " Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men," they needed no second call. Immediately they left their nets and their father, and followed him; not to listen merely, but to work. Jesus would show these common toilers for their daily bread that God had great blessings in store for them here; that a man might own half the boats on the lake and yet be wretchedly poor, while another who did not own his own fishing-tackle might be rich in the nobleness of a man. Man must be waked from the sleep of the senses, and brought out on the hill-sides of a new life; for the Sun of Righteousness was already flushing the East; the Morning Light was breaking; God was coming with fresh tokens of love to open his eyes, that he might see this new light that was to flood the world. Let us follow, listen, and work."
May we all follow, listen, and work this season of Lent. Blessings

3 comments:

Leap of Faith said...

Dear Boston Unitarian:

I love your blog. As an avid reader of Peacebang, I discovered you through her frequent praises, and I will say, well-deserved.

AND - You knew there'd be something, I'm sure - and I find it very difficult to read with the white print on black background. My home computer doesn't have the best graphics.

I can read your posts better when I copy them into open office, but I wondered how many others were having this problem? I must admit it's a tiny deterrent in deciding where to spend my time on the net.

Would you consider a re-design?

boston unitarian said...

Hello!
Many thanks for your kind words-they mean much. Concerning the template, I must admit I like my black background-it "goes" somehow with the BU's but I am open to change.
I would also be curious to know if others have the same trouble. Which template do others find the easiest to read?
Thanks again and many blessings, BU

Tracie "Red" Holladay said...

I'm ok with the black.

But I know that until recently, I usually went with simple black text on a white or extremely pale background, for ease of reading.

My current violet background is just something I did for Lent.