Archive | April, 2020

Listen to Judas

27 Apr

I thought you might like to read this song of Judas about Jesus that I wrote.

Rebel rexit  (rexit is latin – The rebel is risen)

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It’s a vacuum

20 Apr

There is a dissatisfactoriness that one feels or ought to feel with regards to how things are in one’s own life, in the world around one and in the whole universe of people and nature in general. It is a feeling, and likely a reasonable one, that arises because of one’s hopes, expectations and, to some extent, an understading of an ideal.  This origin of dissatisfaction is an indication of its ‘nature’  of not being something at all but rather an absence – a lack of fulfilment, a shortfall of what should be.  And this way of viewing it is consistent with the view of wickedness and sin in the Bible and particularly in the New Testament, where the Greek word used of sin, amartia,  means ‘missing the mark.’
Evil appears to us often as something quite positive, powerful and strong; but it is much better likened to a vacuum  – a particular absense of something – but it seems more like a strength – it’s like the suction of a vacuum cleaner or the disappointment of expectations. But it is not (you may have learnt) that the vacuum is strong but the air outside that has its own pressure of positive reality – just as sin is the absense of the overall good of creation and life as it should be – this vacuum feels powerful. There is a Latin phrase used in the theology of the Catholic Church – omne ens est bonum which translates as ‘all things are good.’ Afterall God is the creator and sustainer of everything and, as we might say, nothing can exist without him; and so it is that everything is good and it is the absense of this that is evil. But also the absense of how things should be in our world because it is unfinished – God is still creating it –  and we need to realise this too!

See and act

13 Apr

We, living at this time, have evidence in our surroundings of elevated life – from microbes to atoms, from animals to us humans – life that is risen has evolved (arisen) from the past.  In people it is the goodness seen in their way of living especially with others that is the evidence of the resurrection. This is the overall case despite wounds and failings and at times the evil absence of how things should be (like corona virus). There can be a lack of love which for us humans is a wound in our humanity – a deficiency in this evolving universe.  But there is a role for you and me to play: we must hear what we are told and see what we are shown by the risen Christ, in and through whom humanity is sustained, redeemed and elevated to what it should (and in the end will) be!  The great goodness that is shown in the NHS staff, in people throughout the land, is clear evidence of the good there is in the world – let us, in some way, try to be part of this!  See and act!

You might like to listen to Evertthing is beautiful.

Risen life

6 Apr

Jesus is God – is divine, but also a man – shares our humanity – an unimaginable combination. Belief in His resurrection after death is not acceptance of some event of the past – limited to time – a time long ago. Now He lives on in humanity – that is, in all living creatures here on earth (and maybe elsewhere in our universe for all we know). We need to believe in this present risen life of Jesus within all creation but much more important we need to use our freedom to express this belief in the way we live here, and so help to make resurrection real and meaningful – What an honour and tough task!

The many accounts of the appearance of Jesus after His death to early Christians developed the form of expression we now have – that is a doctrine of ‘facts.’ But, what is often overlooked, resurrection also challenges us – it gives us a moral code of how we should live.  Doctrines as statements of what we believe are painless to accept verbally as in our creed, but useless on their own; they need the behavioural moral consequences which are such a struggle for us to practice all the time throughout our lives.

I, personally, see the beginnings of this consequence in the tale of Mary Magdalene who sees Jesus in the ordinary gardener by the tomb of Jesus, and in the story of some disciples travelling to Emmaus recognising Christ in the ignorant stranger they invited to their evening meal.  In all our ordinary human encounters we must try to realise the many encounters we have with other people – face to face, or in any modern means of communication.  That way we make a contribution in our time to the timeless unity of Divinity and Humanity in Jesus which is our belief in His resurrection. Let us renew our efforst to live out our belief and what the Easter celebration is all about!