‘The dance of love, life and light’ is a new series of morning bell for Trinity season beginning tomorrow – Trinity Sunday . Ian will be pondering how the idea that God is Trinity might shape our prayer and action. Photos are from an estuary walk in South Devon on the eve of Trinity…
We are really looking forward to our next morning bell collaboration – a series for Pentecost beginning tonight – entitled Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit) and featuring the images of film-maker and photographer Jo Dolby with words by Ian.
The Pentecost story is full of hope – but taken seriously it will leave us neither comfortable nor undisturbed. Jo takes photos of abandoned places – in the case of this series they are from an abandoned military base and an abandoned bus depot. We think that Jo’s images carry both a sense of disturbance and hope. If you want to explore the Pentecost story in the life of the early followers of the Jesus path check out the 2nd chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament.
So, this Pentecost dare we say Veni Sancte Spiritus?
So why ‘Beloved Life’? Perhaps most importantly, the name seemed to come as something of a gift. It just felt good and right and – well – gifted. Then we liked the sound of it. And it is deep within the ancient Jesus tradition that we are exploring: the relationship between Lover and Beloved is at the heart of the Song of Songs, one of the texts of the Jewish faith that shaped the wisdom and life of Jesus, inspired the Gospel writers and fired the imagination of some of the mystics we love, like St John of the Cross.
According to the Gospels, at the beginning of Jesus’ public life, in his baptism in the wilderness by John the Baptizer, a voice is heard from heaven calling Jesus the Beloved. This happens again on the mountain in the amazing Transfiguration story. Jesus himself uses the phrase in one of his parables. And in the early church the term Beloved began to be used to describe the followers of Jesus. And here’s the other thing – allowing ourselves to be loved is a vital step in enabling us to bring love – and goodness in all its forms – to the world. Here’s to the Beloved Life!