Tuesday, January 6, 2015

18. Sharing Gifts (We Make the Road by Walking)

Posted on January 6 (Epiphany), represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12).

1.  What one thought or idea from today's lesson especially intrigued, provoked, disturbed, challenged, encouraged, warmed, warned, helped, or surprised you?

2.  Share a story of a meaningful encounter you've had with a member of another religion.  Who might be today's Magi — people from other religions (or no religion) who honor Jesus without wanting to leave the religion into which they were born?

3.  How do you respond to the idea that members of different religions can see one another as neighbors with whom to exchange gifts rather than as enemies or competitors?

4.  What was one of your favorite Christmas presents that you received or that you gave?  Why was it your favorite?


5.  This week, look for someone of another faith to spend some time with.  Get to know them.  Learn about their tradition.  Ask them what they value in their heritage, and answer any questions they ask about yours.  Perhaps tell them the story of the Magi.


6.  In silence, think of the different religions in today's world.  Hold in your heart the idea that each has gifts to give and each can receive gifts, too.  Conclude your meditation with a prayer.

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation ~ by Brian D. McLaren, 2014

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