Christian Inspiration Video

Reflection : Examen : Samaria to Lindisfarne

In this video Scot Bower talks of how Jesus reaches out to everyone, no one is excluded, everyone is included and we’re all invited.  He also tells about St Aidan of Lindisfarne …

“The place of a believer, anyone that’s following that pull, that mission of God, on their life is to walk the journey with people.  It doesn’t matter how quickly you get to the next destination … it’s about the speed of the soul.

“People don’t care what you know, until they know that you care” and that’s what St Aidan was doing when he was walking the road with the people of Northumbria.  That’s what Jesus was doing by the well, that’s what the disciples did in Samaria.  And that’s what we’re called to do.  To care for people.

As you practice the prayer of the Examen this evening take some time to reflect over the people you encounter today. Those that are your friends and family, and work colleagues.  Think about those people who you avoided, those who you may have walked past quickly who are different from you.  And as you think about tomorrow ask God where your Samaria is.  Consider who God might be asking you to treat as family who you perhaps wouldn’t.  Ask God to show you your journey where He might want you to take a little detour, to slow down the speed of your soul.  And ultimately ask God who you should be walking with tomorrow.”

Elizabeth is a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and lives on the Isle of Wight where she enjoys walks along the beach with Alfie her Cairn Terrier. She has had an interest in Franciscan Spirituality for over 20 years.