Contemplating Jesus

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Wisdom’s gifts revealed through knowledge, love, virtue and suffering.

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THE COMING OF CHRIST

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

He didn’t come on a shining cloud He didn’t come in thunder. He was a king of different glories, Not of gold and silver, silken garments, bejewelled crowns. No home he had, no lands. He came for the weak, the … Continue reading

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PERFUME AND TEARS

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An account of a woman’s informal anointing of Jesus appears in all the four gospels. Each one varies slightly, but all took place during a meal, the disciples reacted similarly, and Jesus responded the same way.  Two of the women … Continue reading

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A MAN AND A WOMAN

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John’s gospel (2:1) tells us that it was on the third day of Jesus’ public ministry (after he had called his first disciples), that they all gathered at a wedding party in the town of Cana.  Jesus’ mother, Mary, was … Continue reading

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EARS TO HEAR

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One of the many challenges Jesus had as a teacher was transforming the mindset of not only the scribes and priests, but those of his apostles and disciples. The learned, who had studied the scriptures and laws and commandments (and … Continue reading

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LIVING WATER

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In the Book of Genesis, God created the earth from a “formless void,” water being the first to exist.  Through the course of creation, dry land emerged from the waters, and out of water came the flowers and trees and … Continue reading

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EMBODIED TRUTH

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus’ appearances after his resurrection carried a clear message.  Mistaken for a gardener, a stranger and a ghost, Jesus proved he was none of these by the sharing of food. Sitting at a table with him was normal before his … Continue reading

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THE CHALICE OF DESIRE

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Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane has often been viewed as a struggle of the human spirit, between his will (for what was to come to be taken away) and the will of God, (to go through with it).  … Continue reading

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CLEAR CONVICTIONS

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“How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire,” exclaimed James about the foibles of the human tongue (ref. James 3:5).   As a deliverer of both blessings and curses (and a lot in between) the tongue has a … Continue reading

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THERAPY

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In the past self-knowledge was discovered through the regimens of contemplation, study, prayer and meditation, either alone or with the guidance of a spiritual master or director.  During the last century, psychology has largely taken the place of such practices, … Continue reading

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WHAT’S RIGHT WHEN WRONGED

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Even though Jesus preached a non-violent and non-retributive response to others’ judgments or hurtful acts, he offered sound suggestions on how to heal relationships and promote justice and peace.    For instance, in Matthew 18:15 -18, he provides ways and means … Continue reading

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