Patrick Kennedy, Christian Community Priest from Washington DC, will open the conversation with his insights into Christ’s temptation in the wilderness and how Christ Jesus continuously taught with parables around money. Patrick will help us build a context to help us enter Holy Week with a deeper understanding of the intimate role Money plays in the Christian Mysteries.
Eliah Rael, money historian and numismatist, will share in intimate detail all the encounters of Christ Jesus with money and/or value during each day of Holy Week. These encounters will build upon the diverse parables and temptations shared by Patrick . We will begin to see the dynamic and unique response in each situation and social context. We will explore the wisdom that begins to emerge in the diverse variety of responses with money.
The coin to the left is an example of the coins Eliah will speak about during the event. The coin portrays the Sun God Helios with flowing hair and the radiant rays of the sun behind his head. It was issued from Rhodes Island off the country of Caria (Turkey) after the 4th century B.C.
European tradition held for centuries that this coin was actually one of the thirty pieces of silver used to betray the Christ by Judas after the Last Supper. The silvery reflective qualities of the moon came between Judas and the Christ. It is ironic to think that this coin bearing reverence to the Sun God may have been used in the betrayal of Christ, the same being as the Sun God Helios, in esoteric Christianity.
The reverse of the Helios coin comes in various types. Some of the reverses are impressed with rose buds (the rose signifies deep purification,transformation and transubstantiation, often found later on the cross and on the rosary), barley stalks, grape clusters, the figure of Venus or Aphrodite. Rudolf Steiner revealed in his spiritual research that pupils undergoing initiation in the Sun Mysteries were able to experience the Divine Word or Logos streaming to them from the Sun. They glimpsed the Divine Being who had not yet come to live amongst human beings on the earth. This coin originated at a time when money was still held to be sacred and belonged to the Divine world. No one personally owned it but it was used in community life as a means of bookkeeping.
Judas typified the loss of reverence for the coins and what was impressed upon them. The Sun Being of Christ Jesus was also not comprehended. During the Middle Ages, these particular coins of Helios were brought back from the Holy Land by individuals on spiritual pilgrimages. These coins far surpassed the interest accorded to the usual souvenir pieces of travelers, and were honored as sacred, possessing supernatural powers. Occasionally mounted in reliquaries ( revered religious objects, for example a cross) these pagan coins bearing the Sun God Helios came to be objects of Christian veneration and piety. More coin images from Holy Week can be seen below and are described in the recording. If you are interested to purchase any of these coins as collector pieces feel free to email Eliah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthur Edwards, economist, will help us understand the gestures and encounters of Christ Jesus’s diverse responses to Money in light of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on World Economy. What if the Biblical accounts of Christ’s encounter with money help to point the way out of our current financial crises? How can the stories help us in our own deliberations with money?
(Anita was a participant on the live call)
When Arthur Edwards addressed money from mineral to life… it opened a door into greater revelation for me, and so many things make infinitely more sense now….money is spirit revealed…it is the body and blood of the Christ and entering into that imagination reorders everything!
When attached to money as external need, we are Judas killing the Christ in our world …when we know Christ to be poured into it, everything opens up for the Christ revelation…so its dematerialization is enabling us to redefine it beyond material …to spiritualize it by giving it the mission of love through our outpouring being..
If we fail to do this then Ahr has power over our life body into the future (happening now). …and we will wish that we were never born… Through the very process of recognizing spirit revealed in it and acting accordingly, our bodies are quickened to unfold the Christ impulse and start the crystallizing process to hold that light.
I wanted to share that Arthur’s comments captured the whole quest and points the way…I felt compelled to email and thank him, and offer up my understanding.” Love Anita
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Other Coins of Holy Week Described in the Recording:
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