Friday, May 27, 2016

All Are Welcome

The disciples have been on a mission that probably took a lot out of them.  So Jesus takes them away where they could be by themselves (Luke 9:10-17.)  But the crowds found out where they went and followed them.  Even though Jesus had wanted to be alone with his disciples, Luke says, "He made them welcome."
St. Paul scolds the Corinthians for not making the poor and the slaves welcome to the common meal that preceded the celebration of the Lord's Supper (11:17-24.)  They fail to recognize that they are all united in the Body of Christ.
Welcome is the hallmark of an authentic celebration of Mass.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Remember when he forgave the woman caught in adultery.
Remember when he fed 5,000 in a deserted place.
Remember when he talked with the many-times-married woman at the well.
Remember how he ate with prostitutes and tax collectors.
Remember that one tax collector, Zachaeus, such a cheat and traitor; he even went to his home for supper.
Remember at the last meal he had with us he said, "Do this to remember me."

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Commnion of Love

Every day of our lives,
whether we advert to it or not,
the Holy Spirit is mothering us
into the Family of Love
that is the one and only God.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Cosmic Community

Yesterday morning the heavy dew brought out the beauty of a spider's labor near my mail box.

Two theologians Moltmann anad Boff  offer a social model to help us think about the Trinity.  They speak of a motherly Father or a fatherly Mother, a Jesus who is in solidarity with the poor and the marginalized, and a Spirit akin to the feminine symbol of Wisdom.  These form a community of mutual and equal relations which models the goal of human and cosmic community.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Holy Trinity

Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century German Benedictine abbess, mystic, visionary,  writer, composer, philosopher, and all-around genius offers an image of the Trinity:  there is a brightness, a flashing forth, and a fire; and these three are one, pervading all creation with compassion.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Playing Before God

These colorful pieces were sparkling before the very early sun.  
Proverbs 8:30-31 can be translated several ways.  The Jewish Study Bible prefers Wisdom personified as a child playing while God works creating the world.  God is delighted.  Similarly Wisdom is delighted by the play of human beings.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Love Poured

We are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ....
The love of God has been poured into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
(Romans 5:1-5)

I am moved by the powerful image of God pouring love into us.  I feel filled to overflowing.