Holy Week with the Existentialists – Tuesday: Quiet/Questioning/Teaching


Tuesday – Quiet / Questioning / Teaching
Mt. 21:23-24:51; Mk. 11:27-13:37; Lk.20:1-21:36

“Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Meditation – Make some space to think

Questions give us life. They are the fuel and energy for discovery and innovation. Science, art, theology, childhood discovery and play all begin with the simple question, “what if?”

Questions also hold our presumptions to account, ‘Can we really be sure, how about this alternative, or this challenge?’
Questions keep us humble, they keep us looking, thinking and discovering more. They contradict the arrogance of fixed religious ideas.

Jesus was asked many questions, and many – by the religious leaders – were to trick him.
But allow yourself this imaginative thought, “did Jesus know the answer he was giving already; or was it because of the questions that he was asked, that he discovered something novel within himself, and in what he was trying to say?” In other words, did Jesus need the questions and doubts of others to discover himself?


If you were with Jesus, what questions would you ask? But than ask what would you do with the answers?
Faith can be understood as less about knowing and more about being… about living with contradictions and challenges.
Allow this time of prayer to be about the not-knowing of God, about emptying, and simply being.



Dear God by XTC
Turn on, Tune in, Drop out with me by Cracker

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Welcome to this series of Lent Reflections.

These reflections can be used in conjunction with the second Lent Album,
‘One Day Like This’, which is intended to evoke both space and mood.

Existentialist thinkers were concerned with how it feels to be alive. An awareness that we are alive—in any situation—reinforces a sense of identity. What do moments in time give to our awareness of who we are, where we fit in the world, in our communities, in the universe?

Holy Week is the most vivid and emotional week of the Church calendar. In it we see Jesus and his followers going through extreme human emotions; celebration, hope, doubt, fear, friendship, betrayal, isolation and surprise—emotions that we all encounter through our lives. The sharp contours of our lives, struggles and joys all contain the touch of divinity.

These daily meditations invite you to reflect upon your moments in time and place. They remind us that extremities of human experience can make us feel fully alive or totally isolated. Yet in sharing our experience, we realise that we are not alone; there is solidarity in humanity, and solidarity with the very human Christ.

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