Contemplating Jesus

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Vitality and illumination interwoven with Creation and the Cosmos.

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LIFE IN THE TOMB

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

  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

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

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

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

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

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

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

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

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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LOOK AND LIVE

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

While in the desert during their Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites, who had been bitten by poisonous snakes, were instructed to gaze up at the bronze serpent (made and erected by Moses on a pole) in order to live (Numbers … Continue reading

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LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

Jesus’ birth which is celebrated (at least in the west) during the darkest time of the year carries with it many significances. The most prominent – and pertinent at this time – is the “star in the east.”   In Pope … Continue reading

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WAITING ON GOD

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

The joy of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem would have surely been the first sign for Mary and Joseph that their journey of faith had been rewarded. This journey, taken interiorly as well as on a donkey from Nazareth, was one … Continue reading

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