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 I'm so tired of the evangelical Christian hypocrisy that I've pretty much withdrawn from it all!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?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Eastertide aka Paschal Time: The Mystery of Productivity

Hummingbird in the Garden of Grace
The Monday after Easter Sunday begins the mysterious season of EasterTide, in the Western Christian calendar. It is also known as Paschaltide or Time of Paschal (paschal means relating to Easter or Jewish Passover), a very special time when we pay careful attention to what Jesus has done for us: Death, Resurrection, Ascension and of course, Salvation and Eternal Life. Death and life are very natural and happen around us all the time but Jesus walking around, living a human life after death and resurrection, before going back to Father God is a pure mystery!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Planting Gardens

What a divine affirmation! This is one of the most beautiful things about reading the Bible every day, first thing. The Bible can speak to us, if we only have the ears to hear and the heart to listen.

Today, I read again Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles in Babylon (Jer. 29: 1-14). In my NRSV Bible, verse 7 is underlined: But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare, you will find your welfare.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rest in Peace, Nancy

Nancy's blue eyes looked kindly at me as we chatted over our brown bag lunches during our PW CT meeting at the El Divino Salvador Presbyterian Church (Church of the Divine Savior) in Los Angeles, August 11, 2014. I learned that Nancy had been a registered nurse, and had recently lost her husband after caring for him. I've forgotten all the details of our sharing but I still remember admiring her courage. Nancy was one of the first Presbyterian woman who caught my attention when I started attending the Gatherings of the PW in my Presbytery. I was very new to PW but I did what I'd tried to do since God had brought me back to the church: I would buy two tickets for Gatherings and God would faithfully send a friend, sometimes new, sometimes someone I already knew to join us. Nancy handled registrations and it was to her that I'd mail my check or pay cash at the CT meetings. Once, however, the friend never materialized. And so as I registered, I mentioned it. Immediately, Nancy returned me the money for the friend's registration. I was floored as I'd never seen anything like it. I was a leader in my church's Women's Ministries which had a firm policy (hotly contested prior to every event we organized!!!): No refunds. Period.  God knew I needed to see quiet women of faith with deep courage and compassion. He gave me Nancy.