Archive for December, 2012

Evolution: Simply A New Way of Seeing God

December 16, 2012

Evolution: A New Way of Seeing God

Zeph. 3:14-18; Phil 4:4-7, Lk. 3:10-18 John the Baptist spoke from his heart without mencing words, and I know from experience that can get you hurt–but that is the call of God–to be honest. Evoution is simply God present in creation, entering into our lives and we are becoming love through experiencing love. Jesus is the incarnation God, accepting people for who they are, without division. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Openness

December 15, 2012

Mt. 17:9-13: Jesus accepted his suffering, he never talked about it because that would separate him from it. I never talk about my suffering on the street, with my health, because that puts a distance between me and it–it is life.  Ilia Delio wrote in the Emergent Christ

“A healthy cosmos requires healthy people who live in openness, compassionate love, and receptivity, accepting others as a part of self, because we are in the depths of God’s love.”

We are called to be opened to each other’s suffering, pain, to embrace each other, to walk with each other–in so doing the Cosmic Christ is ever present. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God

Cause and Effect

December 14, 2012

Mt. 11:16-19 St. John of the Cross 

I have been told twice this week, that “YOU ARE DIFFERENT,” and I feel uncomfortable, but I am different–my ministry, my life, is focused on people few really pay attention to, and I live a very simple life, I am in many ways a solitary monk, an ascetic. Through the years I have learned that I follow and evolving Christ–the cause and heart of evolution–love in action and we become one in Christ through the love of our fellow human beings–only when we love do we move toward oneness with Christ. Deo Gratuias! Thanks be to God!

the moment

December 13, 2012

Mt. 11:11-15 Jesus saw John the Baptist in the moment, not from the future.  Yesterday I was yelled at, cussed, criticized–all because I could not meet the needs of people, but Jesus was there, in the moment, and that is what mattered.

Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not to walkon water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the presentmoment. Peace is all around us–in the world and in nature–andwithin us–in our bodies and our spirits. Once we learn to touchthis peace, we will be healed and transformed. – Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ (How much at home are you in the present moment? Pray the grace tobe here now in love.)

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2012

Zec. 2:14-17  Lk. 1:26-38

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  God has always moved in evolutionary patterns. At a time in history when the Mexican people were broken, God appeared in the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as a symbol of justice, and idenity with the poorest of the poor.  For me Our Lady of Guadalupe means so much–she is the One I identify with as my mother, she is the One who is an inspiration in my struggles in ministry-she is always before me, and in her I see her son every risen and glorious. 

Once we have full grasped the meaning of the Cross, we are no longer in danger of finding life sad, and ugly.  We shall simply have become more attentive to its incomprehensible gravity

Perfection

December 11, 2012

Matt. 18:12-14 

Pilate killed one man to save thousands, we rate in our government how we spend money on social services on “percentage” of people we help. That is one of the reasons I do not apply for grants–they want a “percentage” which leaves out the bottom.  Jesus is about everyone, his cross is about everyone–maybe if we turned our eyes away from percentages and looked at people as simply people then we might have a different perspective on working with people.

Once we have full grasped the meaning of the Cross, we are no longer in danger of finding life sad, and ugly.  We shall simply have become more attentive to its incomprehensible gravity.”   The cross reminds me of God’s love, not giving up, inspite of our humanity and of our call to follow him at all costs.We are called to be a sign of the Kingdom–no matter the cost.

The Common Englist Bible–a new translation

December 10, 2012

The Common English Bible is a contemporary translation that is on the level of USA Today in regard to the understandability and readability and is very scholarly translated by a wide breadth of theological back ground. I recommend this new translation to anyone who is interested in the the Scriptures. I have trouble laying it down,  it is so readable

following jesus

December 10, 2012

Luke 5:17-26

“Once we have full grasped the meaning of the Cross, we are no longer in danger of finding life sad, and ugly.  We shall simply have become more attentive to its incomprehensible gravity.”   The cross reminds me of God’s love, not giving up, inspite of our humanity and of our call to follow him at all costs.We are called to be a sign of the Kingdom–no matter the cost.

We are living “between the times”-the time of Christ’s resurrection and the new age of the Spirit, and the time of fulfillment in Christ. Life in the Spirit is a pledge, a “down-payment,” on the final kingdom of shalom. In the meantime, we are to be signs of the kingdom which is, and which is coming….

– David Kirk (1935-2007), Quotations from Chairman Jesus

Being crucified

December 9, 2012

Luke 3:1-6 

I have a wound that is hurting from being stabbed, not the first–and people asked me “why do people try to hurt you?”  I have discovered either drugs, and their own dellusions or I preach by word or action something they do not like–we live in a violent world–I see it every day and following the cross puts you in the line of fire.

“Once, we have full grasped the meaning of the Cross, we are no longer in danger of finding life sad and ugly.  We shall simply have become more attentive to its incomprehensible gravity.”

Brokeness

December 8, 2012

Lk. 1:26-38 Feast of the Immaculate Conception  This feast was created to show Mary’s purity, her innocense.  Last night I was surrounded by broken young men and women, the oldest of which was 25-broken, not easy kids, and one wonders: “Where is God?” But God is present in those kids, and is growing us in the midst of our brokeness: One Eucharistic invitation sums it up:

This is the table of Jesus.

It is made ready for those who love him and for those who want to love him.

So come, you who have much faith and you who have little,

You who have been here often and you who have not been here long.

You who have tried to follow and you who have failed.