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The question that Fr. Freeman gives to us is whether our “Christian faith” truly makes a difference in us. If you stepped away from the Church and your faith would you be the same person? Is God truly present in your life?
The recovery of the immediacy of God in our storey is the recovery of a thick Christianity of holy days, feasts and fasts, religious imagery, and sacraments.
For we do not live in a world of mere things, disconnected and without reference to one another and to God. Creation exists with the capacity to reveal God. Rom. 1:20
The awareness of a one-storey universe with the communion of saints begins with the Incarnation. In the Incarnation, the temporal and the eternal are joined together in a common communion.
We perceive heaven as a place up there, and God is found upstairs in the second storey. God’s presence is what we find only once we have passed through this life. Revelation and eschatology are only about the future upstairs.
For Eastertide, we will be reading through Fr. Stephen Freeman’s book Everywhere Present – Christianity in a One-storey Universe. One of the central tenants of our faith is that God does not reside in a place up there called heaven, like Zeus on Mt. Olympus or Odin in Asgard. Rather, every …
But, the question asked by Gabriel of Mary, the assignment given by Gabriel to Mary, the object of Mary’s service is in many ways the same question, the same assignment, and the same object of service asked of us. We certainly aren’t being asked to become pregnant with the very Word …
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.