March 18, 2015
Mary Baker Eddy defined fasting as “refraining from admitting the claims of the senses.” (My. 222) During our Wednesday services, we have been addressing claims that we can refrain, or fast, from admitting into our own consciousness. This Wednesday, we are addressing the awful claims of anger, cruelty, hypocrisy, and revenge, as displayed by Levi, one of Jacob’s sons.
In doing these readings, I was touched that Shechem was chosen as a Levitical city of refuge when the Israelites returned from Egypt, and that Joseph’s bones were brought there to be buried. Was that salt in the wound due to the atrocities that occurred there — that made the name of Jacob “to stink among the inhabitants of the land’? What a healing balm it was for Jesus to choose that same spot when speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well — teaching us that worship is only in spirit and truth.
May 21, 2014
Bible references from MBE’s article “Choose Ye” are included in this Wednesday’s readings. The Bible stories of Joshua and of the Samaritan woman both take place near Shechem, a “city of refuge” near the parcel of ground where the bones of Joseph were buried (Joshua 24:32, John 4:5, annotations from The New Oxford Annotated Bible, p. 1887-88). Also with the readings is a jsh-online article from May 5, 2014, about our “Choose Ye” Mother Church study assignment.
It would be great if you would share your inspiration about MBE’s “Choose Ye” article at our Wednesday night meeting at 7 pm. If you can’t attend the meeting, then just send an email or voice message. Or, come to our gathering and be inspired there!