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After Epiphany…? Baptism!!

Isn’t it funny how, as we keep unfolding our own lives through the normal course of the passage of time, we chance across considerations that – as obvious as they seem right now – never occurred to us before? I feel like a mighty great “DUH!!!!” is echoing down the ages!

Almost two years ago, I started this blog to be my outlet as I muddled through what life after epiphany should look like.

The answer was there all along, of course. Right there in the Liturgical Calendar!! The Sunday that follows Epiphany is the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, and this is RICH in significance… so much so that I daresay that I will continue to be unfolding this for many years to come. Some initial thoughts do occur to me now, though.

1. Mission
Our Lord’s Baptism was the beginning of His public ministry. It seems fitting that a ritual associated with conversion (even though we know Our Lord was sinless and had no personal need for conversion) leads into a life that takes on a new, higher purpose. We see the same most clearly in the conversion of St Paul and his subsequent life as a missionary. I can’t help but think that it is of crucial importance that I should be considering at this time, after my own special epiphany experience, the meaning of my own Baptism some 33 years ago, and the fact that I am called by virtue of that Baptism to be a worker in the Lord’s vineyard (c.f. Christifideles Laici). My experiences in my former religious community were fitting me for a special task in His service.

2. Suffering
In Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI highlights that the premise of Baptism is the admission of sinfulness. In the Sinless One receiving Baptism, He “loaded the burden of all mankind’s guilt upon his shoulders; he bore it down into the depths of the Jordan. He inaugurated his public activity by stepping into the place of sinners. His inaugural gesture is an anticipation of the Cross” (Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, p18). My time in formation gave me a clearer insight into what some of my personal weaknesses and tendencies towards sinfulness are. I know specifically much of what it was that Our Lord bore particularly for me down into the Jordan riverbed of Rita Simmond’s poem (c.f. Magnificat, January edition 2015, p150). I also know that to be Baptised and to share in His Sonship is to share in all aspects of His life – including His suffering and His death. Has my time in religious life, my unique experience of His love, changed the way I can follow Him on that path? One thing is for sure – if this is the path that I’m walking, I want it to bear fruit, and abundantly! Fruit that I can offer back to Him as a gift of thanksgiving.

3. Fulfillment
Sharing in His death, we know, entails sharing then in His Resurrection afterward!! Pope Benedict reminds us that Luke, in his Gospel, located the Baptism of Our Lord at the conclusion of his presentation of the Genealogy of Christ (p 10). Christ is the anointed one, the Messiah, the fulfilment of all the great prophecies. Christ is likewise the fulfilment of my deepest desires. He gives me glimpses of the future from time to time, to help support me in my own weakness. Being weaker than most, I also needed a special, prolonged time of intimacy with Him in the cloister. But that is just the promise. Christ Himself is the fulfillment. And so I need to stop looking back over my shoulder at what has been, except to remember His goodness to me and give thanks. I need to keep forging on ahead, following Him every step of the way, to that ultimate fulfilment, that eternity with Him.

Deo gratias!!

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Don’t let academic hubris hijack theology…

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I discovered something very ugly in myself today, as I reflected upon an event in my past.

As a novice, I was writing a paper that involved some exegetical work with the Psalms. During my private prayer and study, I encountered a fairly involved connection between one of the Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew that excited me greatly! I added it to my paper as part of the case I was trying to build to support the central thesis of the paper and thought little more of it until the following day.

At the evening meal the following day, I was sitting at table with my sisters in the refectory, and listening to the spiritual reading selection of the evening as is monastic custom. Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was hot off the presses and we were hearing it for the first time the very week it was released.

That evening at table, I heard THE VERY SAME EXEGESIS that I had prepared on the day prior, read from the work of the then Holy Father. Exegetical method AND conclusion were almost identical. And here it was, published by the Holy Father! But when I had typed it the day prior, that very same argument had been my own original work. Supposedly original.

So here is where my ugliness crept in.

I started getting all upset about INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY of all things. Can you think of anything more ridiculous than wanting to compete with the Pope over the intellectual property?

An account of my folly: I went to see my superior first thing the following morning. I wanted to know what to do from an academic honesty perspective. I didn’t want to cite the Holy Father. I felt I was justified in claiming the work as my own, given that I HAD arrived at the conclusions before encountering them elsewhere, even though they had existed elsewhere prior to my discovery of them. I wanted to use the electronic timestamp on the document in which I had written my paper to demonstrate that my conclusion was written prior to the night that it had been read to us at table.

PRIDE. How it corrupts the beauty that God created in me.

I write of it now because I refuse to let shame take a hold. Shame is a lie. Of COURSE I’m weak – why be scandalised by that?  Here is an opportunity. Out of the depths I can call upon the Lord. Out of my weakness, I can still witness to the Truth.

What is Truth, here?

I call upon ALL who read, study and pray with Scripture to recall that ANY time we are able to draw something from the Sacred Text, it is RECEIVED. It is a GIFT. It is the Word, GIVEN to us.

The conclusion I reached when working with the Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew? It wasn’t mine. It was given to me, by the very same God who gave it to the Holy Father. Instead of resenting that he got there first, what on EARTH am I doing not giving thanks that such a thing was revealed to me, a mere child? (And a spoiled child at that!!) I give thanks now, and offer my very failure to do so earlier to the Lord that He may bring good out of it.

Curious to know what the exegetical conclusion was? Go read Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Benedict XVI. In the meantime, I pray for humility, and I return to my study of the Scriptures… on my knees.


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Did Catholics change the Bible? Let’s look at Genesis 3:15 (Part 2)

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Those of you who read the first part of this study would know that, noting certain differences between the Vulgate translation of Genesis 3:15 and other translations, I began to wonder if the Bible had been changed in order to impose a certain meaning upon the text.

The translation from the Hebrew reads:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

This version of the text presents God addressing the serpent, telling him that the offspring of the woman would crush/bruise his head. St Jerome’s Vulgate translation, on the other hand, presents a scenario where the woman herself crushes the serpent’s head.:

I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.

The question, then, arises over who it is that is doing the head-crushing. Is it the woman, or her offspring? To have presented the text in the way that he has, Jerome has performed two operations on the sentence:

  1. changed the subject of the sentence from ‘seed of the woman’ to ‘woman’
  2. missed (or ignored?) the gender of the word ‘heel’ (NB: the Hebrew word for ‘heel’ in this text can only be parsed as singular and either masculine or neuter. The feminine form of the word is quite different. )

Were the translation only to require one or other of these changes then Jerome’s handling of the text could be explained away as an accident; however, given that two separate operations were involved in arriving at Jerome’s translation, and that noticing either one in the process of translation would signpost the other, it is more likely that Jerome’s alteration of the meaning of the sentence was quite deliberate. Jerome WAS very well-versed in classical languages, after all. Perhaps Jerome himself can tell us what’s going on, here. In a later analysis of his own work, Jerome says:

more correctly, it has in the Hebrew it will crush your head, and you shall crush its heel. For our footsteps are indeed shackled by the serpent, and the Lord shall crush Satan under our feet swiftly*

This brief comment from Jerome tells us a very great deal; first, it tells us that Jerome recognized the form of the noun “heel”, and of the preceding personal pronoun, to be masculine/neuter singular. Additionally, the comment demonstrates that although Jerome recognized the singular form in the Hebrew, his interpretation of its content corresponding to the word “seed” (i.e. the owner of the heel) to be a collective empowered by Christ. WHOA!! Wait a minute! St. Jerome DID change the text? He conceded his inaccuracy! And it seems he let it stand! What’s going on here? Let’s start with a little bit of context. As far as we know, St. Jerome’s translation of Genesis was the first translation of the book into Latin and the first translation of the book from the Hebrew by a Christian. Also important – the translation was happening in the late fourth century AD. What St. Jerome was doing was ground breaking to the extent that St. Augustine even expressed initial concern about not relying upon the Greek translation that was already available (the Septuagint) – many of the letters between St. Augustine and St. Jerome have been preserved that demonstrate a discussion at great length over the translations, and even over St. Jerome’s method – the use of asterisks and obelisks as codes for flagging discrepancies between the original Hebrew and the Septuagint translation… discrepancies very similar to that which we are investigating here! All of this historical context is going to help us next time when we tackle the idea of canon,  and have a look at whether or not St. Jerome was doing something shady by translating the text as he did.

<< Go back to part 1 of this series       Watch this space for part 3… >>

_______ * St. Jerome. St Jerome’s Hebrew Questions on Genesis: Translated with an Introduction and Commentary by C.T.R. Hayward, NY: Oxford University Press, 1995. Reprinted in 2001. 33.


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Did Catholics change the Bible? Let’s look at Genesis 3:15 (Part 1)

In honour of the celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary today, I thought I’d start a multi-part study of a passage in Scripture and the relationship it bears to the teaching on the Church about the role of Mary, Our Blessed Mother.

Some time ago I was horrified to discover, when doing some personal study on Genesis 3:15, that there is a difference between the text in the Latin Vulgate (that translation of St. Jerome’s that Catholics had given pride of place for centuries) and a number of other translations.

The reason for this was that the other translations I consulted were all taken either from the Greek translation of the original text (the Septuagint) or they were taken from the original Hebrew itself.

At first I noticed the difference in just two other translations and thought that it was odd. I kept digging, examining half a dozen different translations before realizing that I couldn’t escape the truth – there was definitely something fishy going on here.

The accurate translation of the Hebrew reads:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

The Vulgate, on the other hand, is translated in the Douay-Rheims version (old English) as:

I will put enmities between thee and the woman,
and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.

I started to feel anxious; in discussions about sola scriptura with my Protestant friends, I had often pointed out that Martin Luther had “doctored” the bible, adding the word “alone” so that he could impose a teaching that was not actually present in Scripture. This, in my view, compromised the very integrity of the doctrine it was supposed to uphold. No-one could argue that this DIDN’T happen, for Luther himself admits to it in a letter to a friend of his, and this is all very well-documented and well-known.

Now, it seemed, I was facing the possibility that St. Jerome had done something very similar many, many years ago, and that this threatened the integrity of the Church’s teaching on the role of Mary, given the historical association of the concept of Mediatrix with this passage.

Who exactly is supposed to be doing the head-crushing here, after all? Is it the woman? Is it the woman’s offspring? WHO is the woman?

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Taking all things and rendering them unto Christ… thank you to all who make cyberspace a place where the Lord can work in us!

I found out last night that my grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer, and that due to her heart condition, her pacemaker and the advanced state of some other health complications, the usual avenues of treatment were possibly not open to her.

I tweeted a very simple prayer request.

Less than 2 minutes later I had an overwhelming number of responses and retweets popping up from not just the people who follow me, but from people who follow people who follow me, people I have no connection with whatsoever.

I was just overwhelmed at the Body of Christ in action even in cyberspace.

Electronic communities can never replace good, in-person human relationships. But where electronic connections DO exist, it is a beautiful thing to see that they are being used to further the Kingdom. We hear a lot about cyber-bulling and other negatives. I thought it was heart-warming to see that much good can also be achieved in an online setting.

Blessed be God! And thank you to all who pray for my grandmother. I ask that the Lord bless you even as He blesses her.


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Why my evening meal bore the aftertaste of battery acid…

batteryMy head wasn’t in the game today. When I parked my car this morning at 8am, having arrived in the city for work, I inadvertently left my headlights on. 12 hours later, upon my return to the car, the battery was as dead as a doornail.

Tried to clutch start it – fail. Tonight was NOT my night. And now I was blocking the main thoroughfare.

I put the hazard lights on, then I got out and proceeded to push. Let me put this into context for you. Everyone has their stuff to deal with so its no big deal in the grand scheme of things – but my particular stuff comes in the form of a health situation that is, at times, debilitating. As it was, I had literally been unable to stand upright all day. Luckily I have a job where I mostly remain seated. On the odd occasion when I got up, I had plenty of walls and tables to hold me up as I got where I needed to go. Anyway… pushing a car unassisted in this state was a BIG ask.

Eventually I got the car to go where I wanted it to go and managed to park it out of anyone else’s way. I went in to the shopping centre and spent money that I couldn’t really spare this week… no, not retail therapy! A car battery. I managed to spill battery acid all over my work clothes, of course. My night was just beginning.

Now gentlemen – I really need to remind you – when you tighten any kind of bolt, you tighten it as far as it reasonably goes without pushing it too far, then you LOOSEN it by a quarter-turn. Doesn’t EVERYONE know that? Whatever tough-guy tightened the bolts that fastened the car battery terminals to the contact points caused me to lose several hours that I just wont get back! Why? I was fighting with the bolts, and the sediment that encrusted them, and I was doing it with an old-school spanner.

No folks – no ratchet for me. I was not at all that well equipped. I sat there struggling with it for ages, making every effort for the spanner not to touch any other metal point on the car whilst working on the positive terminal, so as not to jolt myself to high heaven. EVENTUALLY I got the bolts loose.

As this happened, a couple passed me in their 4WD and offered to put me out of my misery. I was managing just fine, mind you, and I was getting there… but I was getting there SLOWLY. I played “helpless maiden” and let the gentleman help me, most gratefully. He finished off the battery switch and I tested the engine.

Success.

THEN I needed to call home and explain why I was 3 hours late for dinner. But now my PHONE decided to die on me. Luckily, my inner Maxwell Smart compels me to carry a spare cell phone for just such an occasion. I pulled off my hoop earring from one ear and used the post (about the thickness of a paperclip) to pop open the SIM compartment of my iPhone, switched the SIM into the spare phone and made the call. Given that I was ravenous and at this point needed protein lest I keel over, I informed Mum I’d grab food on the way.

I did so… with engine grease and battery acid all over my hands. Let me tell you, chicken is NOT meant to be seasoned with that stuff!

In other breaking news – I’m pretty sure I broke a nail.


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Global hour of power – shout it from the rooftops!

In a world first, Pope Francis is inviting everyone around the globe to participate in an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. This is to take place on 2nd June at 5pm-6pm (Vatican local time.)

Sydney-siders… this means an early morning that hopefully comes with Divine protection against “Monday-itis!” This will be Monday at 1.00am, EST.

Here are the times for a few other places around the world:

Houston, TX USA:                 Sunday 10.00am
Los Angeles, CA USA:           Sunday 8.00am
London, UK:                           Sunday 4.00pm
Seoul, South Korea:              Monday 12.00am (Yep, Sunday Midnight)
Mumbai, India:                      Sunday 8.30pm
Jerusalem, Israel:                  Sunday, 6.00pm

What wonderful leadership this initiative represents! Blessed be God for the gift of Pope Francis, who truly is leading his flock to the Lord. Let us follow – let us all participate in this holy hour if at all possible. What a wonderful thing to be a part of, the very first time in human history where there has been a global coordinated effort to ensure that someone in every place on earth is praising God ALL AT THE ONE TIME!

The holy Father’s intentions are:

1. “For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving
back joy and serenity.”

2. “For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence.
Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations,
above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners,
and those who experience marginalization. That the Church’s prayer and its
active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and
courage in defending human dignity.”

Thankyou to the Vatican Radio website for reporting this exciting event!
Update: Vatican News Service have released a booklet for this event – click here to download


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Getting real about my confusion… (JGL 5)

So its been 4 months and 1 week since I did my Audrey Hepburn impersonation.

Have you ever watched The Nun’s Story?

**SPOILER ALERT!!**

In the closing scene Hepburn (Sr. Luke) goes into a little room near the back door of the convent in which she has lived. Changing into some simple clothes, she removes her habit and veil for the last time, revealing a mess of closely cropped hair and a combination of fear and excitement that is palpable.

Her solitude in this scene is confronting. Her goodbyes have already been said, without demonstration, without delays. She steps out the back door and it is all over.

Similarly, I went into a small room to remove my habit and veil for the last time, donning simple, comfortable clothes and partaking of a hearty meal (it was breakfast time) to prepare for the long trip  had ahead of me. Alone, in silence. Well, not really alone – the Lord was with me. I was blessed also that, when I had eaten and changed and emerged from this little room, I had companions for my journey. My novice mistress and a dear friend of mine accompanied me to the airport, helped me get organized, and stayed with me right up until the sign “Passengers only beyond this point” jumped out at me, taunting me, as I took that final step away from the life I had known.

Lets not over-dramatize this. I had not, like Hepburn’s character, lived the life for 20+ years. I had been a novice, I was in my second year of religious life, and I had not yet made vows. It is, however, quite remarkable how quickly that place and that life became my home, and how difficult it has been to let go.

When I left, I had absolute clarity  that although God had called me to live religious life for a time, that He was not calling me to make vows. That clarity was necessary, for without it I would not have been able to make the decision to leave. It was a beautiful mercy, that for that time I was able to see so clearly, for the Truth truly did make me free. I chose freely my path and did so with complete trust that the steadfast love of God would persist and that He smiled upon my desire to please Him in what I was doing. Although the FEELING of certainty is failing me these days, my intellectual capacity to choose to trust the Father who keeps His promises remains. I still trust in the clarity I was given at the time the decision was to be made and acted upon.

Nevertheless, for all that I choose to continue trusting, I still have a mess of feelings and confusion with which to contend. That disconnect between my head and my heart is causing disconcerting unease.

#1 gripe with the outside world? THERE’S NO SILENCE!! It really drives me nuts 😉

I live in a large family and it is unreasonable and uncharitable to lock myself away from them during normal living hours. I steal a few hours of silent, alone time in the wee small hours when I can, when I know its not going to make me an absolute zombie at work the next day.

But then there’s the question of how I use the little silence that I manage to procure whilst the world snores.

In the convent, the times and places of silence were designed to help me to be recollected in the Lord, to make every bit of time possible a meeting place with Him. It was prayer time!

Here? I know instinctively that I need the silence… but I get lost in my own thoughts so often and tend to run away from being alone with Him.

What am I afraid of?

I don’t want to let my intimacy with the Lord slip away into the night. My relationship with Him means everything to me. And yet even to cry out the words of Psalm 22 seems misplaced here – for it is not GOD who is doing the abandoning.

My God, my God, don’t let me abandon You! Help me to be faithful! Help me respond to Your grace!

Those times we would sit together in the chapel, and I would imagine we were walking together in the garden in the cool of the day? I long for those twilight “walks” again!

Teach me how to love You, how to abide with You, out here in the world since it seems that THIS and not the inside of a cloister is where You want me to be.

Meanwhile… I give thanks to the Lord amidst this confusion. I know that even this crazy time of being unsettled is itself a gift in the broader context of my salvation. A gift of providence from the Father who knows exactly what I need to ensure that one day I dwell with Him in Heaven.

Even in this whirlwind, I am experiencing God’s love.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His love endures for ever!

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NB: JGL = Journal of God’s Love
What IS the Journal of God’s Love?


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Entreaty to a local Christian community radio station: please consider the prayer of Our Lord in Jn 17

enemyofmyenemyintodarknessYou’ll have heard it said “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and if you’ve read this in a book of quotes or if you watched the recently released Star Trek: Into Darkness, you’ll be spitting chips that I haven’t given the quote its attribution… purportedly an Arab from times long past. Actually, if you’re interested in really knowing the origins, you might find this fact -check of interest… turns out Spock was wrong.

Perhaps a less Machiavellian spin on the same idea is found in Christ’s lesson for St. John in Mark 9:38-40.  In the text, John gave a report to Jesus of a man who was casting out demons in Christ’s Name but was not from among Christ’s own party of Apostles. Perhaps it is my own projection of my littleness that suspects it, but I almost get the impression that John is expecting Christ to be angered and to take action against such an “outrage.” Perhaps he felt that someone was trampling all over his territory? At any rate – John sure got schooled! Christ’s response was to tell John to leave the man alone, that anyone who did mighty things in His Name could not quickly then speak against Him… an implicit suggestion that the power of His Holy Name precludes duplicitous/opportunist behaviour in those who sincerely call upon It, and on that basis that “he who is not against us is for us.”

John learned that he and his companions did not have the monopoly on goodness; the beloved disciple learned that he did not have the monopoly on the Lord’s love. The Lord can work great deeds through whomever He pleases and to do this is His Divine Prerogative. We put God in a box at our spiritual peril… for our attempts to make God smaller are then turned upon ourselves. We who are already nothing become even smaller.

It is on this basis that I call upon Sydney’s local Christian radio station, to whom I have donated in the past and whom in principle I support, to consider carefully what they choose to broadcast pertaining to other Christian denominations that don’t necessarily fit the “Evangelical” paradigm.

I was listening to the Open House program about 3 or 4 weeks ago, where Leigh Hatcher, the host of the program, was interviewing Richard Gill, a highly experienced educator who has been teaching music to children for many decades.

Hatcher questioned at length about the guest’s Catholic school upbringing, and highlighted many regrettable realities about the way that the Catholic school system operated some 60 years ago.  Simply asking the questions wasn’t a problem. I wouldn’t dream of disputing the truth of what happened back in those days in Catholic schools, nor would I dream of defending it.

I DID have concerns, however, about Hatcher’s stated purpose in asking the questions and dwelling on some of the responses. There was a none-too-subtle parallel illustrated between the inexcusable excesses with the cane of that time and the scandals for which the Church, among many other institutions across our nation, is currently under investigation by a Federal Commission.

The gentleman being interviewed spoke about the faulty and disordered understanding of sin, grace, forgiveness and freedom that left him disturbingly guilt-ridden. I regret that this is the understanding with which he walked away, but the views that he described are NOT representative of the views of the Catholic Church. In no Catholic exegesis of Scripture, nor in any Magisterial text, will you find those views espoused there. It certainly sounds as though there were teachers at his school who did him a disservice in both the content and the methods of his religious instruction. My concern is, however, that these unfortunate experiences of this man were being put forward as normative, not only for the time in which he was educated, but in contemporary times, too.

This is simply an unfair representation of the Church that quite frankly constitutes a nasty cocktail of detraction in so far as the events described truly did happen, and slander in that some of the interpretations and representations made thereafter are simply untrue. When misinterpretations are publicly aired they can do much damage.

Please hear me: for all our disagreements on points of doctrine, the primary mission of the Catholic Church here on earth is to evangelize, to spread the Gospel message and hopefully help others to embrace a relationship with Jesus Christ. In this, we share alignment in that task with which Christ commissioned us just before He ascended into Heaven.

Jesus Himself said that he who is not against us is for us. Why then would you slander those who are aligned with you in serving Him and spreading His Gospel?

I listen to your radio station because most of your content is wholesome, clean and fun. To hear what I have just described on a Sunday evening was VERY disappointing.

What does the Lord desire for us, His children? Scripture tells us that He prays for us at the Last Supper… this prayer gives us some insight into what it is that He wills for us. In John 17 Christ prays that all of those who come to believe in Him through the word of the Apostles become one. Authentic communion with each other in the Blessed Trinity. Well… we’re not there yet. I trust that the Father will answer the prayer of His Son in His good time. I also believe that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, He is already at work in us, shaping us slowly into one people, His people.

I love the Lord most dearly and I desire that His prayer be fulfilled. I trust that those of you who work on the Open House program also love Jesus and would wish to see His prayer answered. This is a work of God, yes, a work of His grace. But surely we want to COOPERATE with this work rather than place barriers in the way? The barriers won’t stop God from bringing about His Will, but I just can’t see how anything other than our best effort at full cooperation with His grace constitutes a response of love for Love.


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give thanks to the Lord for He is good… (JGL 4)

… His love endures forever! I experienced God’s love this past week:

  • a difficult but fruitful conversation with my Dad
  • in a productive and reassuring meeting with my PhD supervisor
  • in the enjoyment of a beautiful view of the harbour one clear, sunny morning during the drive into work
  • in a renewed appreciation of God’s mercy to me
  • in receiving reassurance about my the positive state of my Dad’s health
  • in the arrival of another Mother’s Day where both of my grandmothers as well as my mother are all alive and around; I am so thankful for these beautiful women in my life!

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NB: JGL = Journal of God’s Love
What IS the Journal of God’s Love?