Please find below, Agape’ Meditation Newsletter, a supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church service of Sunday, June 29, 2014. The theme this week is fulfilling our life purpose.
Agape’ Meditation Practices Newsletter
Supplement to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church Service
Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and, when they had finished breakfast, said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
John 21: 15-19
Acts 3: 1-10
Ps 19: 2-5
Gal 1: 11-20
When We Know the Love of God
This week’s reading beautifully illustrates the natural response to knowing the love of God. When we know the love of God, as Peter came to know through Jesus, we can’t help but share that love with others. This is what Jesus empowered Peter to do through his words, “Feed my sheep.” On fire with the love of God and through the unique ways in which he had been gifted, , Peter then went out, to tell others about the love of God that he had come to know through Jesus and to bring healing to those who were suffering (Acts 3: 1-10).
How have you come to know the love of God through Jesus?
How are you called to form a more intimate relationship with Jesus in order that you might know more fully the love of God?
How are you called, through your own unique giftedness to share the love of God that you have come to know with others?
Spiritual Practices – Feed My Sheep
Set aside 20-30 minutes to enter into this meditation practice. You will be combining mantra and creative imagination in the following way:
- Slowly and meditatively read the scripture above.
- Choose one of Jesus’ commands to Peter as your mantra:
- Feed my lambs
- Tend my sheep
- Feed my sheep
- Repeat your chosen mantra over and over in your mind, allowing the words to penetrate your being and draw you into a state of peacefulness.
- Allow your imagination to reveal to you images of how you are being called to fulfill your chosen mantra in your own life.
- Record your thoughts/reflection in a notebook or journal.
In Authentic Freedom, we are reminded that each of us is uniquely gifted and called to continue Jesus’ work in the world. In accepting this truth, we are able to transcend the fear that we have nothing to contribute to this world, or that we will not be able to bring forth life that will persist. Living in this truth allows us to name and claim our needs to explore, cultivate and nurture our unique giftedness and to set healthy boundaries around these needs, thereby living the virtue of fortitude.
How are you naming and claiming your need to explore, nurture and cultivate your own unique giftedness.
How are you setting and maintaining boundaries around your desire to cultivate your gifts so that you can fulfill your call to find meaning and purpose in your life in service to the betterment of the world?