The saying “Know yourself” means therefore that we should recognize and acknowledge in ourselves the God who made us in his own image, for if we do this, we in turn will be recognized and acknowledged by our Maker. So let us not be at enmity with ourselves, but change our way of life without delay. “For Christ who is God, exalted above all creation,” … Continue reading Claiming Our Share in His Divinity
At Christmas we often think, and rightfully so, of God’s gift of Jesus to the world. We celebrate and rejoice that God has been born into this world as one of us. God is with us in a new way. God has given us himself in the baby Jesus. The early Church, while recognizing God’s gift to his people, also understood and saw the nativity … Continue reading What are you Giving for Christmas?
I do not intend to try and explain the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. Some might hear that as a strange or even unfaithful beginning for a sermon on this day, the Feast of the Holy Trinity. Others, perhaps, will be relieved that they are to be spared nonsensical math and silly analogies that are often less than helpful and usually wrong anyway. … Continue reading God the Unbearable, A Sermon on the Holy Trinity
Jesus “breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:22). Recall a moment when you held another person so close that you could hear his or her breathing, the sound of life. Maybe it was your husband or wife, a parent, your child or grandchild, a dear friend. Cheek to cheek. You could feel his or her breath brush across your … Continue reading God’s Conspiracy Gives Life
What does grammar have to do with resurrection? A lot. It is theologically significant. It answers the “who” question. Hidden within the grammar is the power of God. Sometimes this is easier to see in the Greek than in the English translations we often read or hear. This year we heard from the gospel according to St. Luke, “He is not here, but has risen” (24:5, … Continue reading The Grammar of Resurrection
A noisy crowd surrounds each one of us. Wherever we go this crowd goes with us. We are never alone. The voices of the crowd never go silent. No matter how loud we speak their voices are louder. Who is this noisy crowd? The angels of God. “Rabbi Joshua ben Levi said: ‘A procession of angels passes before each person, and the heralds go before … Continue reading Make Way for the Image of God!
“You see that Mary did not doubt but believed and therefore obtained the fruit of faith. ‘Blessed … are you who have believed.’ But you also are blessed who have heard and believed. For a soul that has believed has both conceived and bears the Word of God and declares his works. Let the soul of Mary be in each of you, so that it … Continue reading Christ is the Fruit of the Faithful
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 … Continue reading Remembering St. John of Damascus
If you seek after God with all your heart and all your strength, then the virtues of your soul and body will turn you into a mirror of the image of God within. You will be so merged in God, and God so merged in you, that each will endlessly repose in the other. Such are the riches of the gifts of the Spirit that … Continue reading Becoming an Icon of Divine Blessedness