PaXis Week 7: (In)Christ


Breast Plate of St. Patrick


Be prepared to make a very short statement about Who (or What) Christ is to you– 5 minutes

It is said that ancient people, especially mystics like Paul, did not distinguish between external conditions and internal ones. The self was a porous being.+ One could have God within them, as well as be in God.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ.” [Ephesians 1:31] “For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus.” [Thessalonians 2:14] “To whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you..” [Colossians 1:27]

Recently scholars remind us scripture assumes this sense of mutual abiding*, or “participation.”** Τhis is a “cosmological vision that sees the interdependence and interpenetration of all things and their mutual relationship as the deepest web of reality. … we are in as much as we participate in the whole and allow the whole to participate, i.e. to express itself in us. I am, inasmuch as the others are in me, inasmuch as I am involved as I take part, i.e., I participate in the entire process of the universe.”***  

First Prayer
Anyone who wishes to read may raise their hand.

John 14:18-20
I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. 
Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; 
because I live, you will live also. 
In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 
He who has my commandments and keeps them, 
he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, 
and I will love [them] + and manifest myself to [them].

Rise and go to your mat or prayer rug

Lectio Divina [more on lectio divina here]
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

[Colossians, 1:19-20]

Somatic prayer – [Sanctified yoga] 20 minutes

Come back to our seats

Noetic prayer – [Centering prayer] 20 minutes, [more on centering prayer here]

Bell rings

Open eyes: Shared silence 1 minute


John 14: 25-26
I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, 
will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 
Peace I leave with you; 
my peace I give to you; 

Peace be with you

Retire to the table


Group 2- second week of 16-hour fast. Prepare for the one-day fast next week. See details at the bottom of this post.

Group 1 – Devise your own fasting routine. Try it this week and we’ll talk about the results next week.


This this Wednesday we are on Zoom, AND at Brookside Community Church in Mendham, NJ. If you wish to attend in-person, please arrive a good 10 minutes before we begin. Masks are required.

Note, if you wish to have chair yoga available, let us know a day or two ahead of time at and we can accommodate you.

Tuesday, 6:30 pm, EST 
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Meeting ID: 313 096 5380

Wednesday, 6:30 pm, EST – In person and on Zoom.
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Meeting ID: 814 5347 5523

Thursday 10 am, EST – Fitness oriented wake-up practice
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Meeting ID: 841 6313 758

+ Harry Maier, New Testament Christianity in the Roman World (Essentials of Biblical Studies), p. 180
*Raimon Panikkar, Christophany [page pending]
**E.P. Sanders, Paul and Palestinian Judaism, p. 435
*** Anamd Amaladass, Pannikkar’s Quest for an Alertnative Way of Thinking and Action, p 54

Published by Cornelius Swart

Master in Public and Pastoral Leadership Fitness and Wellness Coach in Training 200 RYT Yoga Instructor (former journalist)

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