One thing I’ve really enjoyed about being a blogger is getting to know other bloggers around the world, sometimes actually meeting them in person (as I met Heidi a few months ago). I’ve developed several genuine friendships with people I care deeply about, friends I’ve never met in person.
One of my cyber-communities is Lectio Divina, a group that Carl McColman and I started to support our effort to read through the New Jerusalem Bible in 2006. The group has grown to 117 members from all around the world, and from many different faith traditions, including some who identify as Pagan. In that group, so many of us have gotten behind in our daily readings that we are taking a break in order to allow our members to catch up. The break will begin on March 1st (Ash Wednesday) and continue through the first full week of Lent. Readings will resume on a Monday-through-Friday basis (with weekends off) on Monday, March 13, 2006.
One of my friends in the group joked, “So let me get this staight, we’re giving up 12 days of Bible reading for Lent?” Well, Lent is really about reflection and prayer, so we could look at the 12-day break as a time of “catching up” with the Bible, deepening our experience of it by slowing down the pace. (I once gave up Christianity for Lent, but that’s another story...)
So that means we won’t “read through the Bible in 2006,” but I think slowing down will allow us to have a more meaningful experience of reading it if we’re not constantly struggling to stay “on schedule.”
For me, it will also free up some time to do other sacred reading. Jon Zuck (one of those wonderful friends I’ve never met in person) has started an interfaith reading group called WisdomReading, and I plan to follow along with them as they read through The Gospel of Thomas, one verse at a time (beginning tomorrow), and as they read the major Upanishads later on.
I also plan to read The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), which my friends in the St. Luke’s Bibliophiles group are reading for Lent.
So many books . . . so little time . . .
~ Darrell (busy book bear)