In the languages of the Bible, “Spirit” and “breath” are the same word.
In the gospel of John, on the evening of Easter Sunday, Jesus breathed himself into his gathered disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus became communicable. He is the living One, who through the process of his death, made his . . . → Read More: Sermon given on Pentecost Sunday 2017, June 4, at St. Mark’s in Teaneck
Easter Sunday has been a time, for me, to reflect a little more on the Gospel according to John which takes us into some depth about the resurrection, the co-inherence of the Persons of the Trinity, and the indwelling of Christ, which is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Organized as a mandala, or more . . . → Read More: 2017, April 17, Monday
2017, April 11, Tuesday
I have been away from my “Journal” for several days now. We went to my daughter’s Senior Art Exhibit at Oberlin College for the weekend, returning early Sunday morning. I went to the Palm Sunday service, participating in the reading of the Passion. Afterwards I was quite tired. In fact, I . . . → Read More: 2017, April 12, Wednesday
I did not post yesterday. I came home from work in the mid afternoon and after picking up some food I fell asleep. My stomach was aching and my concentration unsettled by it, so I got little else done. I then had stomach issues all day today. I rested to get well before tomorrow. I . . . → Read More: 2017, April 6, Thursday
Today I had an acupuncture appointment with Mor at Myrrh Acupuncture and Herbs. Then Karen and I met Jackie at Classic Quiche in Teaneck. I met Jackie once before in person. She looked me up on Facebook and we became “friends.” This is the first time we were able to have a significant amount of . . . → Read More: 2017, April 4, Tuesday
I am finally feeling better. I slept deeply and wanted to sleep longer, and my appetite is back. A little congestion remains, so I still need to be careful. Besides Sister Sickness’s own time, oil of oregano might have helped me make the quick come back.
Today I gave back my leased car and leased . . . → Read More: 2017, April 3, Monday
I slept in this morning instead of attending Eucharist to give myself more recovery time. Perhaps Sister Sickness is beginning to think her job is done. Not quite, but we’re getting there in our negotiations.
Continuing my reflection on Clare’s form of life with Sister Diana Papa, and seeing that Clare never endorsed the papacy-imposed . . . → Read More: 2017, April 2, Sunday
2017, April 1, Saturday
I am still recovering for Sister Sickness is keeping me congested in the chest and short of breath. I went to work for a couple of hours this morning, but did not feel as though I would have the strength to walk the floor for five hours in the evening without . . . → Read More: 2017, April 1, Saturday
Sister Sickness still has me laid up. And Mother Rain waters the earth outside my windows.
What Is the First Teaching-Section of Matthew About?
Yesterday I reflected on Matthew 1—2 and concluded that Matthew has in mind a divine Being who works for our salvation (and glorification) by impoverishing herself. Of course, this is scandalous . . . → Read More: 2017, March 31, Friday
It seems Sister Sickness was not content with her residence in my sinuses and throat. She has ensconced herself in my lungs. Well, I did not invite her and I hope her visit is short, but here she is. As I welcome the gift of a new day, and pray to know the light of . . . → Read More: 2017, March 30, Thursday