Archive for April, 2011

Christ is Risen!

April 24, 2011

“Anything is possible in a world in which a Jewish carpenter can rise from the dead.” -Katherine Hepburn in the movie ‘Lion in the Winter’ (1968.)

Holy Saturday

April 23, 2011

In Seattle, WA for the weekend.
Went out to the front steps and intended to read from the Gospels when I opened my Bible to a bookmark, and came across these words from Hosea:

“Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.
Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD, His gong forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain. Like the latter and former rain to the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3

These were encouraging words to read on the second day.

‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Practice resurrection.”
–Wendell Berry

‘The Donkey’

April 17, 2011

The Donkey by G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

to gain an understanding

April 2, 2011

Lent, a Season on the Christian calendar prior to Easter/Pascha… have you ever even heard of it?

If yes:  Do you observe it?  Do you ignore it?  Or do you fall somewhere in between?

Like a lot of people, I too have a Facebook account.  A couple of weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, I noticed a little bit of discussion about Lent, what it is, and why people give up different things because of Lent.

Somewhere in the discussion you might find the joke, “I’m giving up Lent for Lent.”

Whether one observes Lent or not it is important, especially for Christians, to at least understand what Lent is and what it is about.  After all it is a practice that still impacts our culture as is evident by conversation among friends or in seeing people with ash marks on their forehead on Ash Wednesday.

Understanding our brothers and sisters in Christ, even if one may not agree entirely with a particular devotional practice, is a step towards fulfilling Jesus’ command to us to “love one another.”

Understanding also allows us to be able to appreciate the heart and intent behind a particular devotional practice (whether we choose to participate in it or not.)   And by understanding the reason behind why another might do something we might, if need should arise, be able to help someone else understand a fellow follower of Christ’s devotional practice.

For the sake of understanding where Christians who observe/practice Lent are coming from, here are a couple of ‘quick-read’ links to check out:
What’s Lent and Why Do I care?

What is Lent?

Ash Wednesday and Lent