Isaiah 58: 6
Book of Wisdom 6: 12-16
Mark 5: 41-43
Psychiatrist and internationally known author Jean Bolen says that
there is a call in the world today from the Sacred Feminine to bring the
feminine principle into consciousness.
The message of the Sacred Feminine today, she says, comes from
a Maternal Voice and this voice is calling out saying,
"Gather the women, Save the world!"
"Gather the women, Save the world!"
And all around the world~~~~
Women are hearing it . . .
Men are hearing it . . .
Children are hearing it . . .
And most importantly, little girls are hearing it.
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, both New York Times journalists,
have co-written a book titled, HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression Into
Opportunity For Women Worldwide---in the book they assert that the
paramount moral challenge of the 21st century is the
struggle for gender equality around the world.
In the world today, girls are burned with acid and shot for going to
In every country of the world today, girls and women are trafficked into
All over the world today, women are murdered by husbands-----
In many places of the world today, little girls are forced into marriage----
In this country, colleges can be hostile places for young women;
Dartmouth College has been in the news lately for a campus website that has
a rape guide. A young woman's name and photo can be posted and she is
suddenly made a target for sexual assault on campus.
This last week, the Women's Center and the Dean's Office at the Louisville
Presbyterian Seminary hosted a screening of the film "Girl Rising."
One of the stories featured in the film is about a little girl from Haiti
Wadley is a bright and determined little girl.
Although she and her mother are poor, she is able to attend school.
Wadley loves going to school!
But the earthquake of 2010 changed everything.
She was ripped from her home and from her beloved school.
Death was all around.
The storyteller repeats the words, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust,
ashes to ashes, dust to dust" as the camera shows Wadley
walking along the debris.
The teacher at the makeshift schoolhouse that was set up
amidst the rubble refused Wadley as a student
because her mother did not have the money.
But Wadley, the bright and determined little girl that she is,
told the teacher that she was going to show up at the school every
day until the teacher decides to let her stay.
Wadley is a little GIRL RISING from the dust of poverty and devastation.
Wadley is a little girl who hears something in the secret recesses
of her soul a message about her immense worth.
Many scholars, mystics and pastors today are hearing the voice of the
Sacred Feminine. There has been brilliant work done in the uncovering
of the Sacred Feminine in our Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
When first century Christians reflected on the saving significance
of Jesus of Nazareth, they turned to Female Personified Wisdom in the Old
Testament. What Judaism said of Sophia, early Christian hymn-makers
and Gospel and epistle writers said of Jesus. The early Christians presented
Jesus as Sophia Herself, even though Jesus was biologically male.
Carmelite Sister Constance Fitzgerald explains the impact of Jesus Christ
Sophia in the soul of 16th century Spanish mystic John of the Cross-----
"After the silence and suffering of a long dark night, secret Wisdom
awakens" him. And John of the Cross writes,
"How gently and lovingly you wake in my heart,
where in secret you dwell alone;
and in your sweet breathing,
filled with good and glory,
how tenderly you swell my heart with love."
The Christ Sophia Who dwells deeply in the secret recesses of the heart
of this mystic is the Jesus Sophia Who walks into the room of the little
girl in today's Gospel. In this room of deep, dark despair where
the parents are grief-stricken, where the little girl lay lifeless,
there was a touch of hands, and words spoken,
"Little girl, get up."
The little girl hears the words of Jesus Sophia, the words of the
Sacred Feminine, and the Girl Rises.
During this season of Lent we can make a conscious decision of the heart
to desire the Sacred Feminine.
We can pray to hear Her as She summons us to Her table, to wait at Her
Like John of the Cross, we can be desire that She enter into the secret
recesses of our soul for our own healing and nourishment.
In the context of a Catholic Woman Priest movement and in the context
of a world where hatred of the feminine disparages so many,
we can ask that She breathe and whirl through our collective,
We can ask Her to energize us to prophetic living where we,
like Isaiah and Jesus Sophia,
insist that every yoke be broken and the oppressed
are set free~~~
And together we can joyfully say those holy words, "Little girl, get up."
Saturday, March 15, 2014
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