“A bishop will die, but the Church which is the people will never perish.”
- Archbishop Oscar Romero
Feast Day, March 24
Today, March 19, the Episcopal Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, his life and faith. St. Joseph was raised up to be the guardian of God’s incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother.
The gospel reading for this feast is Luke 2:41-52, the story of Jesus in the temple at the age of twelve. Luke tells us that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus had gone to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. When the festival ended they started home but unbeknown to Mary and Joseph, Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. When they discovered this Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to search for Jesus. “After three days they found him in the temple” (Luke 2:46).
Holy scripture does not tell us what went through Joseph’s mind and heart during those three days as he and Mary searched. I cannot help but wonder if he relived events, followed old familiar foot steps, and replayed dreams. What were those events, foot steps, and dreams? What filled him? Continue reading
Today, December 4, is the Feast of St. John of Damascus. The following are posts on this blog related to St. John:
- Why Matter Matters
- The Feast of St. John of Damascus
- The Feast of the Transfiguration
- A Strange Mystery
- What are your Icons?
Confirm our minds, O Lord, in the mysteries of the true faith, set forth with power by your servant John of Damascus; that we, with him, confessing Jesus to be true God and true Man, and singing the praises of the risen Lord, may, by the power of the resurrection, attain to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
And therefore you should observe silence! In that manner the Word can be uttered and heard. For surely, if you choose to speak God must fall silent. There is no better way of serving the Word than by silence and by listening. If you go out of yourself, you may be certain that God will enter and fill you wholly: the greater the void, the greater the divine influx.