Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eastertide aka Paschal Time: The Mystery of Salvation

Eastertide or Paschal Time as it's also known will end soon; June 4th. This, in case you've forgotten, is the time when Jesus walked the earth as a resurrected human being. I've been contemplating how that must have felt. One of the questions that I've been thinking about is this: What did Jesus eat? How often did he eat? Did his body need the nutrients? Alongside the contemplation are also my real-life experiences. What is happening in the world around me, politically, culturally, and socially. Well, my social media feeds are filled with one group of friends all upset about the climate crisis while some of the same and many others continue undeterred in their 'conspicuous consumption' lifestyles and selfish obsessions. I'm so tired of the evangelical Christian hypocrisy that I've pretty much withdrawn from it all! But God as always is faithful, steadfast love.  Guess what the Bible and the Holy Spirit have led me to blessing me with much peace and harmony?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Eastertide aka Paschal Time: The Mystery of Desire

A Sparrow in the Garden of Grace
Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world — the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches — comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live for ever. I John 2: 15-17
This was one of my lectionary readings last week, and it is a provocative one. If we can't desire (and enjoy) even the good things of this world, why the heck are we here?