Jesus came into the world to give us a life built on hope, love, grace, peace, mercy, inclusion, generosity. Those are the qualities I hope to reflect. From that perspective hatred, divide, exclusion, fear, greed, violence and injustice are not holy and not things he found favor in. To me our world needs an abundance of the good wile setting aside the bad. Raise up community and to bring people together. Anything less is not accepable. Everyone needs the feeling of being in a place where they feel
Today is Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.
On this day I am remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. One embraced by many. To give ones life for the cause of love is a noble one. Today I remember that act. Jesus did so much in a short amount of time that made people whole and brought people together. He was a carpenter so he built community and offered justice to the oppressed. To those who followed him he gave them a life of opportunity to do amazing things. May all of us find ways to emulate the works Jesus in our own way.
When you have a mountain top experience and you see something change before your eyes it can be a moving spiritual experience. Transformation or transfiguration is something that blows your mind in such a way that you kind of bask in the light that shines from it all.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. In many Christian traditions this event is celebrated yearly as a feast day.
Encountering the divine in such a way adds comfort, peace and a desire to rest there. However that is not where life is meant to be lived. You have to take the experience of the mountain to sustain you and keep you through the dark times in the valley below.
No matter your faith there are moments and places that give you comfort and renewal. Celebrate those times when you find yourself transformed a little and may you find comfort to get you through life.
Love your neighbor as yourself, all you need is love….well Jesus and the Beatles get that right.
To me Jesus was not a throne sort of guy. A man who spent his ministry in the streets taking care of the least of these was not about having a royal attitude. He spent a lot of time going against the establishment and bringing people together. He was a savior but he was also lover of people who were on the fringes and even the people who were non-religious too. In the world we live today we need less king and more every person.
On this Easter we celebrate a man who rose from the dead but before then He taught the world how to live and to love and that is something his believers have forgotten.
The notion of a infant child coming to change the world is a crazy idea and the fact that child grew up to be a hippie and a community organizer is even more crazy. Our world doesn’t need bravado and arrogance, it needs humility, kindness, inclusion and peace. Jesus came into the world to show us how to live, love and laugh and party and be with those who society cast aside. Instead of greatness we need mercy and grace.
Every time we use religion to draw a line to keep people out, Jesus is with the people on the other side of that line -Hugh L. Hollowell
I love this, I do!
I believe the Holy Trinity is about God being expressed in three different forms both spiritual, physical and perhaps in creation. This is a tough topic for clergy folks to talk about but alas its still there. Father, Son, Holy Spirit can speak to us in different ways. Three in one is a mystery but that helps us use our minds as well as our hearts when encountering the creator of the universe. To my fellow Anglicans/Episcopalians and other Christians around the world may Trinity Sunday speak to you in a profound way.
To those who aren’t believers may you find comfort in your own way. May your traditions keep you connected to the spirits of people you love.