This is a private page for our Contemplative Prayer group. Please feel free to comment below before class.
Additional reading sources that are useful for our discussion:
- Jesus brings “new wine” of joy, says Pope Francis (link)
- Following Jesus – New Wineskins by Richard Rohr (link)
- some Dorthy Day quotes (link)
In what areas (however large or small) do you see in which it appears Father Keating, Pope Francis, Richard Rohr and Dorthy Day are in strong agreement?
What about disagreement?
(Keating) Jesus implies that John’s disciples are not seeing the whole picture. They are looking for holiness, but in the wrong place. Have you ever done this? Can you think of examples of doing this outside of the realm of religion?
(Rohr) What would be an example of Dorthy Day’s quote today? “Nothing is going to change until we stop accepting this dirty, rotten system!”
(Day) Which of her quotes challenge you the most? For me, they are all radically challenging, especially #2 and #4.
(Francis) Jesus, when he reproves these Doctors of the Law, is taking them to task for not caring for the people with the Law, but making them slaves to so many little laws, so many little things that had to be done. Can you think of any examples of this today?
The following pictures of The Fourteen Triads of the Sermon on the Mount is taken from Rohr’s book Jesus’ Plan for a New World. I’ve come to see this as a great summary of how to fully embrace the “new wine” and to make a home for it in your life. Do you agree?
BTW, this is an excellent book. The next 10 pages go into detail about each of the triads.
(Keating) “The new wine of the Gospel is manifested by the fruits of the Spirit, which, according to Gal. 5:22–24, are nine aspects of the mind of Christ. If the new wine is to be preserved, new structures have to be found that are more appropriate than the old ones… Renewal in the Spirit, the new wine, is our recovery of the contemplative tradition of Christianity. But this movement of the Spirit has to be put into new structures; the old ones are likely to burst.”
What might some of the new structures look like? Do you think any exist now? Are they forming?