I had no idea at the time, of course, that this wonderful amalgamation of local culture into liturgy was very typical and in keeping with our theology that we make God accessible to the people by making the liturgy accessible to the people, and with its own local flavor, even in the middle of a very set liturgy.
Yes, it means the banquet is going to be louder and more raucous, but unlike the fake peace that is simply the absence of conflict, the potential to share and experience the love of Christ and the true peace of Christ is absolutely alluring.
When is a time you discovered that you needed to be “lost” in the periphery in order to allow Jesus to bring you back to love’s center?
What I’ve come to discover is these stories always come with a profound change and restoration in the lives of those in the story.
his passage serves as a reminder that our tendency is to think of God through the lenses crafted in our humanity or in our family. If we are used to experiencing erratic and capricious behavior, we are prone to think of God in the same terms.
Paul reminds us that in the Body of Christ, no part is expendable. Every part–from head to foot, has a function, and the function of the body as a whole is to praise God. Yet that body–marvelous as it is–can always use another part–us.
When you imagine your own personification of an angel, what does he/she look like? How does that personification inform the actions of your faith?
Although John clearly gave them an earful, he doesn’t say “I’m not going to baptize you.”
Whether it’s the orthodox “Jesus prayer” with or without beads, or repetitive prayers such as those one can say with a set of Anglican prayer beads, people who engage in repetitive prayer practices often describe a sensation of their mind disengaging from the stress.