If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, even a caterpiller, I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature. Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

IF CHRIST IS IN ME.........

Worked my way through a couple of chapters of Thomas Merton's Disputed Questions. If the mystical Christ is in me, Merton writes, He is also in all men. Which leads to the radical and frankly earth shaking realization that He is also in the likes Osama bin Ladin and.............name your favorite person that scares the hell out of you.

Ayeee. Faith is not for wimps or for folks looking for comfortable answers. If Christ is in Osama, what is he trying to tell us? Paging Amos and Jeremiah.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

WISDOM-PSALM 1

Ps.1
[1] Blessed is the manwho walks not in the counsel of the wicked,nor stands in the way of sinners,nor sits in the seat of scoffers;


[2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD,and on his law he meditates day and night.


[3] He is like a treeplanted by streams of water,that yields its fruit in its season,and its leaf does not wither.In all that he does, he prospers.


[4] The wicked are not so,but are like chaff which the wind drives away.


[5] Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;


[6] for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,but the way of the wicked will perish.

The tree is planted in the right environment. It has water, sun, Creation provides all that it needs yield fruit when it is time and remain leafy and green.

Creation provides humanity with all that it needs; as long as we remain truely human, To be human we must acknowledge our connections what the Creator has fashioned. If we remain mindful of our connections we will prosper. If we don’t we’ll be blown away.

Monday, September 06, 2010

PAUL

I know a lot less than I should about the early church. But, ran across some material that claims that Paul was an observant Jew, perhaps even a Pharisee instead of a Hellanized Jew. If that's true some of his instructions make sense. Especially the one about women not teaching in church. Women didn't teach in the synagogue, as far as I know. They usually had their own section. Same with the wearing of veils and avoiding cosmetics. Trying to make good Jewish girls out a bunch of Greeks.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

AWAKEN US

Awaken us to your glory.
Dispel the darkness of night.

Awaken us to your glory.
Destroy our heaviness of heart.

Awaken us to your glory.
Cure the blindness of our sight.

Awaken us to your glory.
Heal the deafness of our ears.

Awaken us to your glory.
Open the mouth that is dumb.

Awaken us to your glory.
Restore a gentleness of touch.

Awaken us to your glory.
Encourage in us a sense of adventure.

Awaken us to your glory.
Bring us an awareness of you.

Awaken us to your glory.

By David Adam former vicar of the Holy Island of Linisfarne