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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 7/08/2012 -- RICHARD ROHR'S LINEAGE  (Read 1289 times)
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« on: July 09, 2012, 06:18:23 AM »

July 8, 2012

Richard's Daily Meditations

RICHARD ROHR'S LINEAGE


Until recently I’ve never been forced to ask myself, “By what
authority do you say the things you do, Richard? How do we know these
are not just your ideas? Why should we believe you?” I do think that
those are completely legitimate questions. So as we began to dream about
the Living School [1], some of the staff said, “Richard, why don’t you
try to chart your own growth, your own tradition, your own lineage?” I
did so, and came up with fifteen foundational sources. For the next
days, we’re going to present them in a somewhat logical order.

[1]: http://cac.org/rohr-inst


“Bible” of Nature and Creation

We have to begin with the first bible, which is creation itself—that
God has revealed who God is through what is. If we don’t learn to
honor, respect, and learn from creation—the natural world—I think
it’s very unlikely that we are going to know how to read the second
bible—the written Bible—with respect, reverence, and in an open way.
So I believe (and of course this is very Franciscan for me) that we have
to start with the first bible, which is the created world itself, or
nature.
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012, 06:21:08 AM »

July 9, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

RICHARD ROHR'S LINEAGE


Hebrew Scriptures interpreted by the Prophets

Many times Christians have downplayed the Hebrew Scriptures. Even our
term the “Old” Testament could imply that they are out of date, that
they don’t apply anymore. That’s why I prefer to call them the
Hebrew Scriptures. I want that to be foundational in our Living School [1],
because I think if you get the whole Hebrew revelation, first of all you
can understand Jesus, and secondly, you can recognize that Judaism is
archetypal religion. It does it absolutely right and it entirely misses
the point—at the same time—just as Catholicism and Protestantism and
every other tradition does.

[1]: http://cac.org/rohr-inst

The key to a truly expansive interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures is
to read them through the eyes of the Jewish prophets. Without the
prophets, you don’t have self-critical thinking. You simply have
tribal thinking. But when you put the communal salvation of history
(Torah) together with self-critical thinking (Prophets), then you have
the best of the Hebrew Scriptures, which is found in books like Job [2], the
Psalms [3], and Ecclesiastes [4] (Wisdom).
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2012, 06:24:31 AM »

This Living School sounds pretty good, and if I could I would attend.   Cool

Problem is, it's $3,600, plus there are on-site sessions so it would involve travel costs, too.   Shocked

So basically I guess we get a week of infomercial emails.   Undecided

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 11:59:30 AM »

July 10, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

RICHARD ROHR'S LINEAGE


Gospels, Incarnation, and Jesus

We who are Christian have often forgotten that Jesus was born a Jew and
died a Jew—and lived as a Jew. He was not a "Christian"! The Gospels
have been formative of my entire life vision, and we now live in a time
that enjoys the fruit of immense Jesus scholarship from all the
denominations.

The main, and really only, thing that Jesus adds to his Jewish tradition
is the mystery of "Incarnation"; God is enfleshed inside of the material
world, and any remaining gap between us and God has been overcome by
"Emmanuel," or “God with us.” This rearranges consciousness so much
that it ended up becoming its own religion; whether Jesus intended that
or not, we do not know.

But this eternal Christ Mystery allows Jesus to be be a teacher for all
ages and all religions, as he offers humanity "full and final
participation" with God through our own enfleshed existence.
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