Month: December 2016


passion


Reflections from the Kasbah in Marrakesh, Morocco “Knock, And He'll open the door Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi When the scouts returned to Moses to prove that...

light shards and wounds


“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi When we are wounded in life, we feel pierced, cut, hurt.  We may bleed if we are physically wounded and if our wound is relational like betrayal,manipulation, the dissolution of a friendship or marriage, then the wound...

King of Peace or Warden of Prison


I don’t want Jesus to come.  He looks like He knows something.  Even Mary seems worried. I don’t.  I want Jesus to stay away.  In heaven, where he belongs. These are hard words to think, let alone to write down, and place out there in public, even as a priest...

An Advent Prayer


In these last days of Advent, guide me to this child careening towards me. Prepare my heart for this welcome salvation. Make my soul a stable. Make my heart a cave. Remind me that something wonderful is about to happen. Don’t let the busyness of the season destroy the silent...

advent intimacy


Jesus was born in a stable or a cave, we know that.  But we do not know what time of the day or night Jesus was born. It may sound like an insignificant detail, but I want to know. My inner child wants to know.  I mean, I have written...

shine


“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” Says our psalm today – three times in such a short passage.  Over and over and over again.   “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved”   Joseph.  Could he sense...

John and Farouk in Advent


Let’s say that the average, run-of-the-mill guy in Iraq were given a pen and paper and asked to write about the average run-of-the-mill American.  As an American man, I expect that when I read what the Iraqi guy wrote I would disagree.  I would read his writing and I would...

The death of our church and the life of our God


Might it be true that the great threat of God becoming human, as a baby who becomes an anarchist rather than a priest, is that in the incarnation God threatens the church and her power-mongers, annually? I was speaking to a young Christian from a non-denominational church last week at...

dust balls and tears


Addictions flare up in the weeks just prior to Christmas like mountainside wildfires on a dry, windy day.  Our run-of-the mill addictions like alcohol and porn, food and internet surfing, shopping and being-right - well, those addictions will flare up for sure, but they usually end up bringing clear pain...

they should not meet for coffee…


That God would reconcile with humanity and the sentient beings of this planet by choosing to insert Herself into our time, never ceases to astound me with wonder.  Poor John The Baptist.  No wonder he went around screaming and ranting.  Though I expect he got still when he saw Jesus....