This first miracle of Jesus reminds us that in the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations
Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but an encounter
had enough ?
But remember where the chapter began: Elijah praying: Lord, “I have had enough. Take my life”
Christ the King
The fact of our limited time on earth brings a clarity to our vision helping us to keep the struggles of earthly existence in a broader, deeper, eternal and loving divine perspective.
Hope begins in the personal meeting with a divine presence-made-flesh, and encountered in the messy and imperfect reality of our daily experience.
The experiences that feel like death are very often more like a birth offering different opportunities and invitations.
…not the restoration of a familiar world order, but a new world where human achievements, personal successes and health are signs that point us beyond
“All will be well”, clinging to the beauty of our humanity and allowing words of encouragement to rise up from our hearts.
The games we play with projects and goals, success, ambition and achievement are powerless to deliver the stability and happiness that they promise.
While the visible present fear is a biological virus, the fact is that we humans face fear every day.
A couple of thousand years ago, a young Jewish woman was going about her normal morning routines, perhaps with a mixture of house and garden work, chatting with parents and neighbours, aware of the local drought, the sickness of a neighbour and annoyed by the neighbourhood’s lack of sleep caused by the Romans’ noisy party the night before, when God broke into her routine and entered her life in a new and powerful way.
the real centre
Over the last month I have had the opportunity to work with many people across Aotearoa and further afield. In every retreat and seminar I have been with committed and faith-filled people who often feel as though they are on the periphery of the Church
It’s easy to make the mistake of seeing life as a treadmill, day after day ups and downs, a movement through time from youth to old age, then death and beyond.
Too often if feels as if we are helplessly captive carried along by the momentum of all that is expected of us and demanded from us, and we risk falling into an existence mode, a daily rhythm of survival, enduring, coping and so the treadmill rolls on.
the bigger picture
Over the years, and even in recent months, weeks and days, I’ve prayed many prayers which have not been answered as I had hoped.
You’ve probably had the same experience: praying and wondering if and when or how your prayer will be answered.
Bible questions still pop up regularly in quiz shows and they often cost otherwise sharp players much needed points.
I’m ready for a question asking for the two names for the last book of the Bible. The book often known as Apocalypse is perhaps more often referred to as the Book of Revelation.
It’s common (thanks to movies) to think of an apocalypse as a devastating and unwelcome time of destruction.