Tag Archives: Presence

The Eternal Now

Heaven Now The Eternal Now Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Jesus’ primary metaphors for the Eternal Now are “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of heaven.” He is not talking about a far-off celestial heaven. “Look around you, look at the fields; already they are ready for harvest! Already the reaper is being paid his… Continue Reading The Eternal Now

Jesus’ Death: Weekly Summary

Jesus’ Death Summary: Sunday, April 14—Friday, April 19, 2019 Holy Saturday The image of the scapegoat powerfully mirrors and reveals the universal, but largely unconscious, human need to transfer our guilt onto something (or someone) else by singling that other out for unmerited negative treatment. (Sunday) Jesus takes away the sin of the world by… Continue Reading Jesus’ Death: Weekly Summary

Christened Reality

Christ Means “Anointed” Christened Reality Sunday, April 7, 2019 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. When he had reached a certain place he passed the night there, since the sun had set. Taking one of the stones to be found at that place, he made it his pillow and lay down where he… Continue Reading Christened Reality

Finding God Everywhere

This Is My Body Finding God Everywhere Friday, March 8, 2019 Yesterday I shared theologian Sallie McFague’s model of the universe as the body of God. Let’s continue exploring this concept and its implications. McFague writes: We know God—we have some intimation of the invisible face of God—through divine incarnation in nature [what Franciscans call… Continue Reading Finding God Everywhere

The Universe Is the Body of God

This Is My Body The Universe Is the Body of God Thursday, March 7, 2019 The bread and the wine together are stand-ins for the very elements of the universe, which also enjoy and communicate the incarnate presence. Authentically Eucharistic Christians should have been the first to recognize the corporate, universal, and physical nature of… Continue Reading The Universe Is the Body of God

An Interior Faith

Christ in Paul’s Eyes An Interior Faith Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Describing his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus in his letter to the Galatians, Paul writes a most telling line. He says, “God revealed his Son in me” (Galatians 1:16, JB, NIV). This high degree of trust, introspection, and self-confidence… Continue Reading An Interior Faith

Christ Since the Beginning: Weekly Summary

Christ Since the Beginning Summary: Sunday, February 17-Friday, February 22, 2019 God’s first “idea” was to pour out divine infinite love into finite, visible forms. The Big Bang is our scientific name for that first idea, and “Christ” is our theological name. (Sunday) Long before Jesus’ personal Incarnation, Christ was deeply embedded in all things—as… Continue Reading Christ Since the Beginning: Weekly Summary

An Incarnational Worldview

Christ Since the Beginning An Incarnational Worldview Friday, February 22, 2019 What I am calling an incarnational worldview is the profound recognition of the presence of the divine in literally “every thing” and “every one.” It is the key to mental and spiritual health, as well as to a kind of basic contentment and happiness.… Continue Reading An Incarnational Worldview

Coherence and Belonging

Christ Since the Beginning Coherence and Belonging Tuesday, February 19, 2019 The kind of wholeness I’m describing as the Universal Christ is a forgotten treasure of the Christian Tradition that our postmodern world no longer enjoys and even vigorously denies. I always wonder why, after the rise of rationalism in the Enlightenment, Westerners would prefer… Continue Reading Coherence and Belonging

Personal and Universal

Jesus and Christ Personal and Universal Friday, February 15, 2019 A truly transformative God—for both the individual and all of history—needs to be experienced as personal and universal. Nothing less will fully work. If the overly personal (even sentimental) image of Jesus has shown itself to have severe limitations and problems, it is because this… Continue Reading Personal and Universal

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