We provide a weekly meditation for our guests and any who may wish to attend this revitalizing and calming hour intended to focus our hearts on positive emotions. Every Wednesday from 3-4pm Dear Friends,As we enter Holy Week, and have tasted a bit of spring this past week, I think of a Celtic prayer I read recently from a dear friend in the UK: “As spring & St. Cuthbert herald Easter, make us your Easter People, shepherds of a stricken people, peacemakers & hospitality givers, Spirit-led in solitude & costly service.” To be an ‘Easter People’ is such a beautiful calling. And of course we are first challenged to a call. And then we must ask ourselves, ‘what does it mean to be an Easter People’? Well, this little Celtic blessing answers that urgent question. To begin with, we must be shepherds of stricken people. That makes a lot of sense here at St Joe’s Supper Table. For it reminds us of all those who are hurting in some way are our first priority as a caring Easter People. And when people come to us at the Supper Table we can welcome them as ‘peacemakers and hospitality givers.’ Because Peacemakers are a healing welcoming presence. What a wonderful gift we can offer as people of faith out of the compassion of a Christ-like heart. And finally we are called to be ‘Spirit-led in solitude & costly service’. We cannot do any of this without the wisdom and strength of the Holy Spirit as we see Jesus enter his cross of suffering this most Holy Week before he enters his Glory on Easter Day. Each of us must enter into our own time of prayerful solitude if we are to be ready, willing and able to enter into the demands of this costly and sacrificial form of service, yet knowing we do this to truly be an Easter People full of joy and thanksgiving. And so, may we be especially mindful and thankful as we approach this coming Easter Season, of each other, especially during this trying time of COVID…With Easter Peace & Blessings,-Chaplain Rick Lenten St Joe’s Supper Table Reflection from Chaplain Rick….Feb 2021 Well, as some of you know I’m offering my contemporary Lenten Snowshoe ‘Way of the Cross’ in my backyard woods bordering on Gatineau Park again in the Chelsea Hills. To get an idea, visit the St Irenaeus House web site with this link: http://www.st-irenaeusprayerhouse.ca/offeringsevents.html Their I offer prayer/reflection Lenten Stations booklets that offer you two choices this year: one on the harm we do to God’s Nature Creation as reflected in the life of Christ’s Way of the Cross. And another prayer/reflection booklet this year on the Pandemic as related again to our experience of a contemporary ‘Way of the Cross’ for today. Please feel welcome to come and enjoy the peace and solitude and let me know when you are coming (we have two pairs of snowshoes).I’m offering as well, a mini–Lenten Film Series on this same Way of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ as it’s also called. The themes and speakers powerfully challenge us to reflect on today’s society and our role as Christians at the essence of Lent. That is something that makes the solitude of this time of Lenten reflection even more powerful as a point of transformation in our lives. Let’s briefly look at those ‘Stations of Life’ as I call them covered by the Films speakers…I JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH… Here BRIAN MCLAREN reflects on “JUSTICE, POWER AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD” and how that fits into Jesus being sentenced by Religion and the State. How do we use justice and power in relation to God’s Kingdom or reign on earth? That’s been a big issue for us lately it seems to me.II JESUS TAKES UP HIS CROSS – In this mini-Film station GLENNON DOYLE in “BROKEN IS THE BEGINNING” talks of the process of true spiritual growth. Where does being broken in life fit into the picture of our lives, especially when it appears to have such a central place in the life and teachings of Jesus? Are we open or humble enough to appreciate or accept our struggle with this part of spiritual growth and transformation?III JESUS FALLS – In RICHARD ROHR’S “THE HUMAN ONE” we get a glimpse of what it means to be truly human in the Divine Jesus. Does that seem like a contradiction that when we fall (however you define it), that there is still a redeeming aspect to being authentically human? Or even more amazing, according to Jesus, that we can become genuinely human because of our falls in life?IV SIMON HELPS JESUS CARRY THE CROSS – DWIGHT PETERSON’S speaks of “LOSING MY FAITH”. Carrying someone else’s cross is not something we aspire or really appreciate normally in our world. So, do we actually find our faith in carrying another’s burden or helping in their struggles? But is that getting too involved in someone else’s life or risking life getting too messy for us? Do we find rather something new in ourselves by reaching out and helping others?V JESUS MEETS THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM – The well know theologian JURGEN MOLTMANN’S calls us to see “GOD THE MOTHER”. Women are often part of the forgotten earthly equation. What does Jesus’ God really look like? What is the feminine side of the spiritual equation? What can they teach us today?VI JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS – ERWIN MCMANUS entitles his reflection ’NAKED AND UNASHAMED’. This is one of the most basic archetypes of the vulnerability of being human but here it seems with a twist. To have our very dignity stripped away is to ask how it is perpetrated as the fundamental question of each and every historical epoch. Which side of the cultural divide of innocence or perpetuation do we stand on? What do we do or not do that perpetuates the indignity? Yet in essence it is to ask ‘what is our basic dignity as spiritual beings?VII JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS – DANIELLE SHROYER asks what does it mean to go “ALL THE WAY DOWN”? What does it mean to be marginalized by society because we don’t belong or don’t fit in? Should we pursue upward or downward social mobility for the sake of the Gospel? What price are we willing to pay to follow the Truth?VIII JESUS PROMISES HIS KINGDOM TO THE THIEF ON THE CROSS – is to hear MARGUERITE BARANKITS’S notion of “CRIMINAL LOVE”. How do we approach forgiveness? How do we deal with those who are broken by society and lash out in whatever ways of perpetual trauma? Can a criminal be reconciled and restored to the community? How does God’s love deal with all this? Is our sin or selfishness the real indictment?IX JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS – ROWAN WILLIAMS’ speaks of being “IN THE DEPTH”. What depths of pain and human folly did Jesus endure at the hands of men, religion, politics and empire? What does it mean to experience the anguish and bliss of Divine Love? Does this love even transcend this world and call us to our true home?X JESUS IS BURIED IN THE TOMB – And finally, WALTER BREUGGEMANN’S says to us “DIE AND BE RAISED”. An eternal pattern at the heart of all life? Or a challenge to discover our real Self in the underlying imagination of the Universal Cosmos? What is the BIG picture of our life on this planet that is so elegantly illustrated in the Incarnation and Ascension of the life of this God Man we call the ‘Anointed One’, the Christ?