“Now is the Day of Salvation”Posted: October 10, 2016 Filed under: The Eucharist and Living the Eucharist | Tags: 2 Corinthians 6: 2, Ephesians Ephesians 1: 9 - 10, Eucharist as manifestation of the Recapitulation, Gathering around Christ in the Eucharist, Luke 7: 11 - 16, Raising of the Widow of Nain's Son, Recapitulation Leave a comment
The Old Testament Scriptures speak of an acceptable hour. St. Paul also uses this phrase to declare the importance — even urgency — of reconciliation to God. He writes this quoting the prophet Isaiah: “‘In the acceptable time I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold now is the day of salvation!” (2 Cor 6: 2).
I had the privilege of serving The Divine Liturgy at St. Katherine’s Church in Pullman, Washington on October 9, 2016. The above passage came from the epistle reading of the day (2 Cor 6: 1—10). The epistle preceded the Gospel reading which relays the account of Jesus’ raising to life the only son of the widow of the city of Nain (Luke 7: 11 — 16). In this gospel pericope there are two very contrasting gatherings and processions. Here we have the description of the first gathering: “And it happened in the next day while he was going to the city of Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd were going with him (Luke 7: 11).” This gathering is assembled around Jesus. This gathering is assembled around his Life and Light. The other gathering has assembled for a quite different purpose. “Now as he drew near the city gate, there was a burial procession of mother’s dead only son, and she was a widow, and a great crowd was together with her” (Luke 7: 12). This assembly gathered around death and grief.
Life on Mars? (Part Two)Posted: March 25, 2016 Filed under: The Eucharist and Living the Eucharist | Tags: conversion as movement into a new culture, David Bowie "Life on Mars?", Ephesians 1: 7 - 10, ethic of being, John 8: 3 - 11, Life on Mars?, Recapitulation, Recapitulation as theology of atonement, the basis of existence, the source of relationship, Welcoming the alien and the exile, Welcoming the disaffected into the Church Leave a comment
“Is there life on Mars?”, asks the late David Bowie. Bowie’s question isn’t about the prospects of extraterrestrial life on the fourth planet from the sun. Bowie’s question can be rephrased in this way: “Is there rational, meaningful life on Earth?” Many of Bowie’s songs were about those who were misfits, the disaffected, and the lonely, wandering outcasts of the greater, “normal” society around them. We have this before us in the first verse of “Life on Mars?”, Read the rest of this entry »