Of Perfection

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Lucinda Williams, Texas singer songwriter extraordinaire, by way of Arkansas, has a famous song in which she exhorts us to “get right with God.” Why are we so obsessed with getting it right? Another formidable prophet, Jesus of Nazareth, entreats us to be “perfect as the Father is perfect.” In our western modern culture we […] Read more »

Of Christ the Tiger

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I am reading currently Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s new novel entitled Secondhand Time, the End of the Soviets. It is a fascinating account of the dissolution of the Soviet empire in which the author uses as her primary text interviews of of her friends and neighbors, government officials, political prisoners, intellectuals, really people from all […] Read more »

A Homily for Ash Wednesday

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Our liturgy, as it travels among the seasons of the year… in its proclamation of the faith… the best we can say for our collective speculations as to the nature of God, of Jesus, of the Holy Spirit… the best we can say of our faith is that it is ambiguous… at best….. that our […] Read more »

Of “Welcoming the Stranger”

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There are many things in scripture that are nuanced, ambiguous; some things downright contradictory. In Proverbs the scribe admonishes us to look before we leap (yes, that’s where that comes from), and then just a few lines later we are told that “he who hesitates is lost.” Which? Job challenges the conventional wisdom of Judaism, […] Read more »

Of the Dark

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“I said to my Soul, be still and let the dark come upon you which shall be the darkness of God.” T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets In late November, or at this time of the year, the Earth conspires it seems against the vitality of the created order. Plants have gone to seed. Leaves are falling scuttling […] Read more »