If we are going to be present to Jesus’ real presence – and not just virtually present – we need to find practices for “being there,” living life as an ongoing invitation from God. Lent can be a great help to retrieve, recover, redeem what is most important to us, yet may have gotten lost along the way.
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With the beauty and power of art by John August Swanson and the insight from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology about the sacred text for the gospels, you can journey alongside Jesus as he journeys to the cross.
Throughout the years a familiar storyline has been what kinds of gifts can be brought to the Babe by those who aren’t Magi, or who don’t have resources. What, for example, can you bring that rivals gold, frankincense or myrrh?
What struck me was the difficulty my parishioners had answering that question. Most of them answered something like “I will try to do my best to be a good Christian.” Now I know that every parishioner has a commitment to God or they wouldn’t be in church. It’s just they had difficulty expressing exactly what their commitment is.
Addressing Gentiles and other inquirers, Luke presents Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension and expected return as the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation for all people, both Jews and Gentiles alike.
If you cringed just reading that word…waiting…you have lots of company, including me. Waiting has been a big theme in my life, so I have tried to embrace it. Most days it is still like trying to embrace a porcupine. If you know any people who say, “Oh, I just love waiting!” please have them contact me. I want to interview them.
It is January, AD 69. You are a Greek-speaking Christian in a Roman town in Turkey. You are deeply anxious about the fierce war in Judaea: the Romans have laid siege to Jerusalem; the city faces starvation, civil strife and military defeat; many Christians are caught in the middle.
The Last Sunday of Pentecost is also called “Christ the King” Sunday in which we gather to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet awaiting the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.
Since I believe that introspection and understanding of one’s self is a necessary prerequisite to good and faithful educational endeavors and faith building, I’ll share my perception of the most important and foundational characteristic or trait.
What does it mean for us to have the key of knowledge and why is it important for us to have knowledge to have faith? Isn’t faith accepting things about which we have no knowledge or at least no definitive knowledge? Throughout the Bible, we are exhorted to apprehension… impressive long words, but what do they mean?
We all keep time. But not all in the same way. Muslims have particular calendar based on the lunar month; Jews another – a lunisolar calendar with month added every one or two years so that months continue to align with the changing location of the sun. We Christians too have a calendar – the Liturgical calendar, a sacred and holy calendar of seven seasons.
The gospels record many encounters between Jesus and other Jewish teachers; such terms as lawyer, scribe, rabbi, and Pharisee describe teachers of Jewish law. But the role of teacher and the place of the law—or Torah—in daily Jewish life was a relatively late development in Judaism.
When we say, “I believe in God . . .” we are saying “I give my heart to God.” We are expressing a desire to be in relationship with God. Which God? “The God who made heaven and earth.” The God who loves us so much he gave his only son to show us how to live and even die on the cross. It is the God who conquered death in the resurrection and gave us the Holy Spirit so that we will continue to know God’s love.
Sometimes in our attempt to develop and understand and practice our faith, we fall into a worldly paradigm of barter. What will it cost me to be saved, to know redemption?
By virtue of our baptism, we are given words of invitation to share in Christ’s eternal priesthood. It is this crucified and resurrected Christ who stands as the high priest at the Center and we, the Community of the Baptized, are encircled around this empowering presence who invites us into a royal priesthood as joint heirs.
Giving is modeled by Jesus, all the great saints, and all of my mentors. I know about giving and about self-sacrifice. I’ve walked the fine line of being “given out” before because of the amount of giving that seemed required in my life at differing times.
“Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” It’s easy to gloss over the fact that the verbs go from past tense, to present tense, to future tense.
On this Sunday church bells peal, choirs sing, flowers adorn altars and all rejoice in the resurrection. How have others explained this event of a missing body, empty tomb, darkness to light, death to life?
What does “resurrection” mean? The creeds speak of a “resurrection of the body.” Many Christians repeat the Nicene Creed every week without noticing what it says, and assume that the gospel has to do with the immortality of the soul. That, however, is a Greek idea and not what the apostles proclaimed.