Below you will find the Agape’ Meditation newsletter – supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church, for this coming Sunday, May 18th.. The theme this week is “Do Something About it.” How are you called to continue the work of Christ in the world?
Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter
Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him,I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. 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: 1-12
Acts 6: 1-7
Ps 33: 1-2, 4-6, 18-19
1 Pt 2: 4-9
Greater works than these
Two weeks ago, we were invited to look for God. Last week we were invited to listen for God. This week, we are invited to do something about it. The work that Jesus began in his lifetime only scratched the surface of the work that is yet to be accomplished in bringing forth love in the world. The work that Jesus proclaimed to be his to accomplish: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving sight to the blind, setting captives free, healing the sick, is ours to do as well. In this week’s reading, we are reminded that we are called to continue the work that Jesus has done and that when we apply what we have learned through Jesus, that the work we accomplish will be even greater than what Jesus was able to do.
How are you applying Jesus’ teachings of love?
How are you continuing the work that Jesus began?
In this week’s reading, Jesus acknowledges that it is through his Oneness with God that he is able to accomplish the work that he has done. It is this same Oneness that empowers us to be love in the world in the way that Jesus was love in the world. It is the false perception of separation from God that prevents us from remembering the love that we are and from accomplishing the Divine work that God has in mind for us. Healing this false perception of separation allows us to transcend the fears that keep us from the path of our truth and from the path of love. Remembering our Oneness with God is as close as our breath, as near to us as silence and as intimate as the beat of our heart. This week, you are invited to practice one of the following techniques for remembering your Oneness with God. In order to hear the shepherd’s voice, we first need to set time aside to listen and then we have to be open to hearing and believing the words that are spoken to us in the silence of our hearts. This week, you are invited to begin the practice of silence.
- Sit quietly, placing one hand over your heart. For 10-20 minutes, remain in this posture, feeling the beating of your heart. When your mind wanders, bring your awareness back to the sensation of your heart beating.
- Sit quietly. Draw your attention to the sensation of your breath. Pay attention to your breath as you draw it in and as you give it release. For 10-20 minutes, maintain your attention to your breath. When your mind wanders, bring your awareness back to your breath.
- Using your favorite internet music channel (Spotify or Rhapsody for example), search for “Hildegard of Bingen.” Choose a music piece that is 7-10 minutes long. Preferably with headphones, listen to that piece of music. Keep your attention sharply attuned to the music, listening to the rise and fall, ebb and flow of the piece. Allow the music to carry you.
How did the above practice(s) draw you into a deeper state of peace? Be aware that in this state of peace, you are remembering your Oneness with God.
In Authentic Freedom, the core spiritual wound is our false perception of separation from God. It is this false perception of separation that is the cause of our fear; and fear is the cause of all non-loving and compulsive human behaviors (sin). When we remember our Oneness with God, we know peace, love, joy, contentment and bliss and we find that our lives have meaning, give us a sense of purpose and fulfillment and unfold with a sense of ease. Jesus came to remember his Oneness with God and teaches us how to do the same.
How are you being called to remember your Oneness with God?