Psalm 92:1. “It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High.” When I was a child, I always received a box of blank thank you notes as a Christmas gift. I didn’t have to finish writing all my notes on Christmas Day, but I did have to begin. It was a good thing … Continue reading Thanksgiving for Everything
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?
“Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love their cow – for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love Him for their own … Continue reading As They Love Their Cow
“We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give … Continue reading Mothers of God
In the Episcopal lectionary the gospel for this past Sunday (John 12:20-33) has some Greeks coming to Philip and saying, “Sir we wish to see Jesus.” Philip tells Andrew of this request and together they tell Jesus. I suspect Jesus’ response is not what these Greeks had expected or wanted. Jesus responds: The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very … Continue reading Trusting Death
The Annunciation to the Theotokos (Luke 1:26-38) is an annunciation to the entire human race that the Son and Word of God has become incarnate. What happened physically in Mary happens spiritually in everyone who lives in virginity, that is, in those who are purified of the passions. Every time we say “Let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38) we relinquish … Continue reading Birthing God – The Feast of the Annunciation
If the heart is the most authentic temple of God, the truest dwelling place of God, then it is also our true home. It is the deepest and most authentic part of our humanity, the place of wholeness and integration. “All things are there,” Macarius says of the heart. The heart is not only the physical but also the psychic and spiritual center of the … Continue reading Entering the Temple of the Heart