Exodus, Year 2020

Ephesians 6:12-18 – Be renewed … Clothe yourself

When I was studying Scripture in Rome after my ordination to the priesthood, a text in the Bible that has set me thinking big time was Ephesians 6:12-18. It set me thinking because the text implies that Christian life is a battle; Christian life deals in is warfare. Why has it got to be so? Yes, true, Jesus has said: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Mt 10:34). Let’s say the text from Ephesians comes from someone as Jesus-crazy as Saint Paul. He writes: Continue reading Exodus, Year 2020

Transformation – Easter Sunday 2020

Transformation – Easter Sunday 2020. Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9

An air as heavy as the tombstone

The women disciples were extremely cautious, more than ever before. According to Mark 16:2, they go to the tomb lían prōï, which in Jewish time reckoning was around the fourth watch of the night, from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. John 20:1 says that Mary from Magdala went to the tomb, “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark” (prōï skotías, literally ‘dark earliness’). Their caution pleaded anonymity, invisibility rather! Why? Out of fear? Out of unbelief? Continue reading Transformation – Easter Sunday 2020

Beginners’ Theology of (Sacred) Space

God The Place

The Hebrew Bible contains more than two dozen names for God which many of us have heard before: YHWH (“Lord”), Elohim (“God”), Sabaoth (“armies”), El-Shaddai (“The Omnipotent”), El-Elyon (“The Exalted One”). One of the more obscure names for God used by Jews is Ha-Makòm. This literally means “the place.” What does this signify? Is God a place? How did this rather ordinary word become one of God’s holiest names? Continue reading Beginners’ Theology of (Sacred) Space