From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
From the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, According to Saint Matthew (27:45-46)
A modern reflection on the Stations of the Cross, using images from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Some of these images are disturbing, because they reflect the ways we crucify the image of Christ in the world around us.
We can only spread the Gospel of Christ as it has transformed us. If the self-giving of Christ’s cross for my redemption is what has moved me (most recently, let us say) then that is where my voice should come from and direct others to. If the gentle touch of Christ to the outcast is what moves me, there will move my voice and my hands. IF something of Christ has changed me, it will pique the interest of someone and then a conversation can happen. The greatest apologetic for the Gospel is a changed “me.” Then we have an opportunity to “Give a reason for the hope that is within.” By our lives, we might make the horses thirsty.
God created human beings with the capacity for relationship with himself.
Spirituality is a disposition and a potentiality for that relationship.
It is not a part of piece of humanity;
it is a character that cuts through to the totality of the human, involving all of the individual;
but it points to a particular posture of the person, which is distinguishable from emotional well-being, physical health, or intellectual activity. The key to spirituality is the awareness of a transcendent gift of knowledge.
He continues: They are to do what they are appointed to do as faithfully as they can.
This is quite the challenge to me, the member of the Anglican Order of Preachers, who has yet to preach in worship. Some day. And as I said yesterday, someday I will be a deacon and chant the Exsultet.
Each morning I download the file to my phone and pray in the car while I drive to work. (Alas, the Store for Windows Phone gives an error on the podcast, or it would be on my phone for me automagically every day.) The recording is beautifully produced, and it affects the shape of my entire day.