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1 Kings 9:1-9: Promise and Warning – Part I

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Written on October 24, 2009

The story of the patriarchs is about our relationship with our creator and about the covenant we and this creator share.  Yahweh spoke with Abraham to offer him and his descendants a place in which to live, a family with whom he might share life, and the everlasting glory of the creator’s constant presence.  These Old Testament promises or covenants brought with them not only blessings – like the ones that Yahweh gives to Abraham – but also curses.  Today we reflect on the fulfillment of the promise God gives to Solomon, and the attendant warning.  There are gifts to receive from our attendance to our relationship with God, consequences that flow from our own actions; and these consequences may be positive or negative depending on our own willingness to accept the promise and heed the warning.

Although Christ is not physically present to the Old Testament people, he walks with them just as he walks with us today.  When we read the entire story of King Solomon we see him as an intelligent young man who asks not for wealth or power but for wisdom.  We admire his sagacity in asking for this permanent gift of insight, thinking that his request shows maturity beyond his years.  As we wind though the chapters that follow we watch as this clever man unravels, overwhelmed by the pressures of the day, by the always present human desire to be self-reliant, and by the forces of darkness that constantly nibble at the souls of the faithful.  In last night’s MAGNIFICAT, we turned to Matthew 6:20-21: Store up your treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.  The mini-reflection is: Where we invest our trust and hope, we invest our lives.  Let us choose to invest in the true source of life, Jesus Christ. 

Cameron, Peter John. “Prayer for the Evening.” MAGNIFICAT. 23.10 (2009). Print.  

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John 1:1-18: Divine Energy

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
    God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
    in readiness for God from day one.

Here is a bit of advice from Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell. “You can . . . reread the prologue to John’s gospel, and every time you see the term ‘Word’ or Logos, substitute Relationship or Blueprint, instead, and it will really help you get the message . . . This exact model of relationship is then intended to be passed on to us in what Jesus calls the ‘baptism in the Holy Spirit’. The Holy Spirit is the relationship between Father and the Son. It is this relationship itself that is gratuitously given to us! Or better, we are included inside this love. Wow. This is salvation in one wonderful snapshot”. (Rohr and Morrell 186)

Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.

If we might take this in, we realize that it is almost too wonderful to believe, and yet, it is the reality in and by that, we are called to live. We might have some fears about how we are to surrender to this divine energy. So Rohr and Morrell continue.

God was in the world,
    the world was there through him,
    and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
    but they didn’t want him.

“This same relationship shows itself in other myriad forms, such as endless animals and wildflowers, mountains and trees, every cultural attempt at art and science and medicine, all positive street theatre, and every movement of renewal. Every one of these manifestations expresses this endless desire to express new forms of life and externalized love. All things good, true, and beautiful are baptized in the one, same Spirit. The Holy Spirit shows herself as the central and healing power of absolute newness and healing in our relationship with everything else”. (Rohr and Morrell 186)

No one has ever seen God,
        not so much as a glimpse.
    This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
        who exists at the very heart of the Father,
        has made him plain as day.

This divine energy wants all that is good for us. This divine energy brings all that is holy together in us so that goodness might overcome the darkness. This divine energy will never give up, and will never give in. This divine energy is God’s enormous and all-encompassing love as seen in the creator, the redeemer and the healer. This divine energy lives and loves in us.

When we compare varying translation of John’s prologue, we open ourselves to the divine energy of the Trinity. Tomorrow, everything is holy now.

For photos of Arizona sunsets in the southwest USA that echo divine energy, click on the image above and reflect on the divine energy of creation, or visit: http://www.arizona-leisure.com/arizona-pictures.html 

Rohr, Richard with Mike Morrell. THE DIVINE DANCE: THE TRINITY AND YOUR TRANSFORMATION. New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 2016. Print. 



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Sirach 51: 13-30: Pursuit of Wisdom – Part I

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When I was young and innocent,
    I sought wisdom.
She came to me in her beauty,

    and until the end I will cultivate her.

We look for wisdom in the obvious places: philosophers, theologians, arcane texts and modern writings. But is she really there?

As the blossoms yielded to ripening grapes,
    the heart’s joy,
My feet kept to the level path
    because from earliest youth I was familiar with her.

We remember the wisdom of childhood joys on a summer day or a winter afternoon. But do we still find wisdom in the simple serenity of living?

In the short time I paid heed,
    I met with great instruction.
Since in this way I have profited,
    I will give my Teacher grateful praise.

I resolved to tread her paths;
    I have been jealous for the good and will not turn back.

We recall the warmth of relationship, the steady trust of the faithful heart. But is this the wisdom we look for today?

Tomorrow, the passion of true wisdom.

When we use the scripture link and drop-down menus to explore other versions of these verses, we focus on our pursuit of wisdom.


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