Contemplating Jesus

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Vitality and illumination interwoven with Creation and the Cosmos.

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LIVING WITH HUMILIATION

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

French priest Vincent de Paul (l581-1660) who founded a society to care for the poor, summarized Jesus’ life as one of “perpetual humiliation.”    Considering what humiliation means – shame, indignity, dishonour, degradation and being discredited – humiliation certainly accompanied him … Continue reading

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THE FACE OF GOD

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus’ birth in a stable always carries with it a question.  How is it that the Son of God would incarnate like us, come into the world vulnerable, helpless and reliant on his earthly parents for his every need?  To search for … Continue reading

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UNBOUNDED MERCY

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

    Spanish mystic and poet John of the Cross taught that human beings are composed of sense and spirit. On the soul’s journey, the senses get purified after we surrender our inner selves to the direction of the spirit … Continue reading

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LIFE IN THE TOMB

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  The resurrection from the dead of Jesus is a mystery that cannot be deciphered or even understood by human reason or rational thought. During his last days in Jerusalem, taunted by authorities, priests, scribes and governors, Jesus’ particular message … Continue reading

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LIFE DIVINE

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English mystic Caryll Houselander wrote that Christ is the shining out of the light of God.   This Christmas we celebrate the anniversary of that first birth of God’s shining light in human form: the saviour of the world as … Continue reading

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LAMENTING THE LOSS

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion was met with a mix of emotions. Many rejoiced and celebrated his arrival while others were threatened and fearful.  For all of them – and for the city – Jesus himself wept.  … Continue reading

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ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY

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Here is a young couple of newlyweds on an excursion.  It’s an ordinary one, a return to the husband’s place of birth on an errand required by all for the census. The timing is unfortunate as the wife is heavily … Continue reading

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THE VULNERABLE ONE

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We learn from the book of Genesis  that Adam and Eve lived day to day in the Garden of Eden unclothed.  They were naked, exposed and present to each other without pretence in the paradise that God created.  It wasn’t … Continue reading

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THE GREAT SHEPHERD

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Jesus called himself “the good shepherd” on a number of occasions.  The term had appeared frequently in the unfolding Jewish story.   For instance, Moses conversed with God about Joshua being appointed to be “like a shepherd over the sheep … Continue reading

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SON OF DAVID

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Discerning God’s desire and direction were the prerogatives of prophets as were being able to read the signs, see the subtleties, hear the truth and to follow wisdom. Samuel had been called by God to anoint a successor to Saul, … Continue reading

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