The Five Thousand

                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The five thousand
Eularia Clarke (1914-1970)

Oil

1962

Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art, No.6


  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in a comfortable place with your palms up ready in a posture to receive.
  • Spend 5  in silence engaging with the piece of art.  Allow yourself to sit in the grass.  Remember your deep breathing.
  • How do you connect with the painting?  Do you see yourself as one of the five thousand?  Are you feeding the five thousand?  Or are you just observing?
  • Spend another 5 minutes in silence engaging with the piece of art.  Allow yourself to see more deeply.
  • What message do you receive from the painting?
  • Spend another 5 minutes in silence engaging with the piece of art.
  • What action is calling to you?
  • Give thanks to God for the feeding you have found today.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 24 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Where is my treasure? Matthew 13:44

  -John of the Cross 1542-1591

The Spiritual Canticle

 

Yet you inquire: Since Him Whom my soul loves is within me, why don’t I find Him or experience Him?

The reason is that He remains concealed and you do not also conceal yourself in order to encounter and experience Him. Anyone who is to find a hidden treasure must enter the hiding place secretly and once he has discovered it, he will also be hidden just as the treasure is hidden. Since, then, your beloved Bridegroom is the treasure hidden in a field, for which the wise merchant sold all his possessions [Matt. 13:44], and that field is your soul, in order to find Him you should forget all your possessions and all creatures and hide in the interior, secret chamber of your spirit. And there, closing the door behind you (your will to all things), you should pray to your Father in secret [Matt. 6:6]. Remaining hidden with Him, you will experience Him in hiding, and love and enjoy Him in hiding, and you will delight with Him in hiding, that is, in a way transcending all language and feeling.

  • Sit in the darkness as you begin your time of silence.
  • Use your deep breathing as you prepare yourself for prayer.  As thoughts of distraction come to you, write them down to free you for your time in prayer.
  • Continue to use your deep breathing until you feel a place of inward freedom.
  • Rest in this inward freedom.
  • Seek treasure in this place as you sit silently for 5 minutes.
  • Now, light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Seek treasure in this new light as you sit silently for 5 minutes.
  • Take note of the different experiences paying close attention to what is going on inwardly.
  • Where does the light reflect inwardly?
  • Give thanks to God for the light which has been brought forth.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.  




Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 24 2011,  Year A

Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

The Hidden Treasure

 

                                                                                       

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in a comfortable place with your palms up ready in a posture to receive.
  • Spend 5  in silence engaging with the piece of art.  Allow yourself to dig around in the field.  Remember your deep breathing.
  • What treasure to you find there?
  • Spend another 5 minutes in silence engaging with the piece of art.  Allow yourself to see more deeply.
  • What have you found to sell?
  • Spend another 5 minutes in silence engaging with the piece of art.
  • What field is calling to you?
  • Give thanks to God for the treasures you have found today.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 24 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 Bringing out treasure new and old.

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

31He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind;48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Choose the parable of new treasure that is most striking to you today.
  • What new treasure do you notice in that parable?
  • Notice why you are drawn to that new treasure.
  • Is there something happening in your life that is like that new treasure?
  • Do you have old treasure that you need to let go?
  • Is God asking you to give up one thing so that God can give you something new?
  • Notice any tension between old and new.
  • What treasure is being used for the kingdom of heaven?
  • Give thanks to God for the treasures you have found and remembered today.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 10 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.