The Jewish Tradition includes a practice of “counting Omer”. It is a practice that includes praying the psalms and reflecting on various aspects of God. It is done daily from Passover to the Festival of Weeks. (the Jewish Feast of first fruits which the disciples were celebrating at Pentecost.) I want to share a practice from the first week by Rabbi Yael Levy.
The beginning of wisdom is awe. Psalm 111:10
The strength of the spiritual warrior who remembers
she is not the source of her power
She is the channel through which the Divine power flows.
Our lives are conceived in mystery,
Our strength comes from the Most High.
We bow to the Source of All
As we yield to the power that flows through us.
Practice for today:
Reflect on something you believe to be true.
Feel the rightness,
The truth of this idea, this thought.
Then say to yourself: I could be wrong.
Sit with the sensations that arise.
As we move through this time of transition over the next months, I encourage each of us to engage in this practice. It is very important that we claim what we believe to be true, that we cherish these truths, that we are willing to share them and not pretend or try to fool ourselves. At the same time, I encourage each of us to accept that what is good and true for me, may be destructive or wrong for someone else. Some of the changes that we welcome, another may find very disturbing. Bishop Eusebio and Fr Brian will bring their own sense of truth. Gudelia and I met with Bishop Eusebio this week to discuss how liturgy is celebrated at St Mary’s. He shared his high value of reverence and symbolism in Eucharist.
The Transition Committee is meeting for the first time next Thursday under the leadership of Shaughn Gorman and Alfonso Blanco (co-chairs of the Pastoral Council) and Gudelia Alejo as staff. Anyone is welcome to serve on this group that will be critical to the transition over the next 6 months. If you would like to join, please contact Shaughn at email@example.com or text Alfonso at 206-830-0667 or leave a message for Gudelia at Gudelia@stmarysseattle.org.
On Tuesday evening (May 20), the Pastoral Council would like to invite you to come from 7-8pm (the first hour of the Council meeting) to share your thoughts , reflections, concerns and questions regarding the upcoming changes. Your input will provide the Transition committee (most of the Pastoral Council are members) with valuable insights. We will also share notes from that first meeting with Bishop Eusebio.