Our two Thinking Scripture weeks on the Gospel of John took place in June/July and in September. We followed our usual approach of exploring sections from our selected Gospel in three ways, as literature, history and theology. We focused on chapter 9, the story of the man born blind, and 10, which includes the parable of the Good Shepherd, then on the accounts of the Resurrection in chapters 20 and 21, before returning to the Prologue for our final sessions. Particular themes included Sr Margaret on the characterisation in the narrative of the healing of the blind man, Dr Geoffrey Turner explaining the Jewish festivals which St John uses as a setting for his narratives and Fr Dixie on the way in which grasping the Resurrection depends on the gift of revelation and disclosure. We also had plenty of opportunity for group discussions of specific passages.
Geoff’s musical meditations this year included a Bach cantata about the Good Shepherd, a new piece by James MacMillan and some singing from the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
As usual, we watched a film together - for the first week, the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso, and for the second a presentation of the life of Martin Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes and Peter Ustinov - thought-provoking for a bunch of mainly Catholic scripture enthusiasts!
For the first week, the weather did not encourage even our hardy veterans to many trips out, but we did much enjoy celebrating a special birthday together in the Pheasant pub. By September, the sky had brightened up, and a group of us enjoyed a lovely walk in Little Langdale, passing by Tarn Hows, and on most days people managed nice walks in the local area.
A big thank you to our resident chaplain, Fr John Watson, to Fr Frank and to Fr Dixie for making it possible to have Mass each day for the group. It was also lovely to welcome some of our Bernardine friends from Hyning, and several local non-residents and resident volunteers, to join in our sessions. As always, participants joined together for Morning Prayer and were free to join the Sisters for Evening and Night Prayer.
Next week we are planning one full week, in October, and one long weekend in July.
Instead of taking a single book, we will concentrate on a theme: God in the Bible.
If you want to ensure a place for the full week, you need to book early!
Contact SR MARGARET for bookings or more information