Tag Archives: Love

In Imitation of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 In Imitation of God Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Theologian and New Testament scholar Marcus Borg (1942-2015) significantly contributed to our new understanding of Jesus in his historical and cultural context. Today I’d like to share Borg’s insights on how Jesus pursued the imitatio dei (imitation of God) as his life’s Read More »

God Is Merciful and Gracious

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 God Is Merciful and Gracious Monday, January 22, 2018 Most people naturally feel that God must be pleased and placated. The isolated ego cannot imagine infinite and gratuitous love. Until we receive the Gospel on a cellular level, the little mind processes reality in some form of “tit for tat.” Read More »

At-One-Ment, Not Atonement

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 At-One-Ment, Not Atonement Sunday, January 21, 2018 The common reading of the Bible is that Jesus “died for our sins”—either to pay a debt to the devil (common in the first millennium) or to pay a debt to God (proposed by Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109). Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Read More »

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Summary

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, January 14-Friday, January 19, 2018 Simply put, God reveals God’s self to us through what unfolds as our life, along with every visible thing around us. (Sunday) In Jesus, God was given a face and a heart. God became someone we could love. (Monday) How we see Jesus Read More »

To Know God Is to Love God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 To Know God Is to Love God Friday, January 19, 2018 Jesus was a person radically centered in God, empowered by that relationship, and filled with God’s passion for the world—a passion that led to his execution and vindication. —Marcus Borg [1] Once the guiding vision of the Realm/Reign/Kingdom of Read More »

Love Needs a Face

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Love Needs a Face Monday, January 15, 2018 It was probably St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1182-1226) who first brought attention to the humanity of Jesus within organized Christianity. During its first thousand years, the Church was mainly concerned with proving that Jesus was God. Prior to St. Francis, paintings Read More »

We Were Made by Love to Love

Introduction: Image and Likeness We Were Made by Love to Love Wednesday, January 3, 2018 God said, “Let us make humans in our image, according to our likeness.” —Genesis 1:26 My dear people, we are already children of God; what we will be in the future has not yet been fully revealed, and all I Read More »

Our Foundation

From the Bottom Up: Summary Our Foundation Thursday, December 28, 2017 If we are going to rebuild Christianity “from the bottom up,” what is the foundation upon which we’re building? Love is our foundation and our destiny. It is where we come from and where we’re headed. As St. Paul famously says, “So faith, hope, Read More »

Breach-Menders

From the Bottom Up: Summary Breach-Menders Sunday, December 24, 2017 The ancient ruins will be rebuilt, You will build on age-old foundations, You will be called “Breach-Mender,” Restorer of ruined houses. —Isaiah 58:12 Throughout this year’s Daily Meditations, I have tried to follow in the footsteps of great reformers like Isaiah, Jesus, St. Francis of Read More »

Choosing Heaven

Heaven Choosing Heaven Friday, December 22, 2017 Today I’d like to share a reflection from Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio (who in turn presents insights from Rabbi Rami Shapiro) to end our week of reflection on eternity, love, and heaven: Heaven is earth transformed by love when earthly life is lived in love; the Read More »

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