Bridging the distance God spoke to Moses as the “I Am” (Ex 3). That name implies God’s eternity, which is entirely outside of time. Philosophers have observed that the “I Am” has no history and thus cannot suffer the agonies of our developing world. Looked at this way, God seems remote, even alien. Yet the…

Our deliverance Heaven and hell begin, in a way, on this earth. Here we can only begin to experience what they really are. Our alienation from God and from other people gives only a hint of what it must be like to be left entirely to ourselves forever. Our spiritual joys give only a hint…

Cooperating in our own healing Moses told his people, “I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom…” (Deut 30). Jesus offered a similar choice. How are we to reconcile their statements which imply an “Angry God” with an image of God as a compassionate Father? The key can be found in…

There is a war of liberation in our hearts “A new king who knew nothing of Joseph came to power in Egypt” (Ex 1). People have often been concerned about political tyranny. The ancient Jews resented Pharaoh; Jesus’ contemporaries resented the Romans. One of the ironies of our time is that peoples who have gained…

A child can wonder A child can wonder. Where an adult sees a cheap plaything, the child sees a sparkling red and green and golden revelation of glory. How precious this thing must be, the child thinks, I want that! Adults often want playthings too. However adult toys are likely to carry a high price…

When our prayer turns spontaneously to gratitude When our prayer turns spontaneously to gratitude, that is a good sign. A grateful person is aware of having received a valuable gift. First, we show that we understand that what we have been given is indeed a gift. We acknowledge that our deliverance or other favor came…

To be a person of peace is a gift To be a person of peace is itself a gift to our neighbor. When we are at peace inside, others feel safe and see the possibility of peace for themselves. They feel safe because they know we will not use them and abuse them. They see…

Letting go radically “What else have I in heaven but you? Apart from you I want nothing on earth. My body and my heart faint for joy; God is my possession forever” (Ps 73). To possess God eventually needs a self-emptying—a letting go of all that is not God. Is it all right to love…

We are all in the same boat We are all in the same boat, and Jesus leads us all at the same time. He is the beacon. We are the travelers at sea. He calms the waves and brings us home. The differences that seem so important to human beings cannot be compared with the…

Being persons of love and peace Perhaps it is enough on some days to merely “be” peaceful souls in a very unpeaceful world. “Shakers and movers” may seem to change the face of the world. Yet when they are done the world is pretty much the same. Jesus was remarkable in that all he shook…

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