Showing posts with label Phil-aphorism. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Aphorism of the Day, July 2019

Aphorism of the Day, July 21, 2019

Mary and Martha of Bethany have become the proto-types for the active and contemplative orders of monasticism.  Martha was interested in hospitality for Jesus in the family home; Mary was interested in hospitality for the words of Jesus within her inward home.  The apparent "clash" between the sisters is the balancing act of tending to the outer world or our inward world.  It is continual and both are important, even as Jesus said, "Mary has chosen the better part."  For that specific occasion with Jesus being so accessible, Mary chose the better part.  We always need to chose the better part when the occasions arise for significant opportunity for soul-work to be done.  The better part is to be discerning of the opportunity for creative advance of inward awakening.

Aphorism of the Day, July 20, 2019

The origin of faith movements begin with mystical and serendipitous experience of the people who have them.  They change the world with moral and spiritual awakening in ways that inspire people to conserve, perpetuate and promulgate the values which arise from these experiences.  In short they become institutionalized and they can become efforts to "mass produce" the serendipitous.  And sudden the "genie" has left the bottle and all that is left is the bottle, beautiful in its own right, but spiritless and without mysticality.  The bottle becomes an artifact for remembering what it once contained.  The bottle becomes a replacement for the once resident "Genie."

Aphorism of the Day, July 19, 2019

An insight regarding the Gospel writings might be to understand them as the coding of the mystical experiences of the Risen Christ into a "physical historical narrative," since "believing our eyes" is a metaphor for indicating that something is really real.  The mystical experiences of the Risen Christ created the accounts of the physical journey of Jesus in the Gospel narratives, with the mixture of oral remnants of the traditions of Jesus' words and actions coupled with oracular "voice" of the Risen Christ directing the narratives for the needs of the particular communities of the Gospel preachers/writers who were speaking and writing in the name of the Risen Christ.  The Gospel writing is in koine Greek and not Aramaic, the language of Jesus.  The Gospels represent interpretations, translations and expansion into the post-resurrection era of the meaning of Jesus Christ for those who had and would find him to be the telling life changing event of their lives.

Aphorism of the Day, July 18, 2019

New wine in old wineskins, is perhaps an aphorism highlighting the incommensurable between an older paradigm and a new paradigm.  Old systems are not able to contain new situations.  Our understanding of equal dignity of all people means that the old wines skins of biblical cultures which supported oppression for many people cannot contain the expanding arc of justice.  The "from many one" phrase of American idealism could romantically presume to prevail when the ones with the power and the wealth could convince themselves that they were being "good masters" of those who had very little influence in the political, social and economic outcomes.

Aphorism of the Day, July 17, 2019

Synecdoche is a figure of speech where something refers to the whole or vice versa.  The Pentagon is a building but in speech can refer to the entire Department of Defense.  In speech we use these sweeping reductive or expansive devices for "abbreviation" to conserve speech act or writing acts energy.  The use of synecdoche is effective when all participants understand the "abbreviations."  The famous Christological poetic hymns function in a similar way.  Jesus of Nazareth expands to the Christification of all things: Christ is all and in all.  Christ is WORD from the Beginning.  Christ is the Invisible God.  One should understand the meaning of the Trinity as poetic expansiveness and not as empirical observations of three different persons in a space time sensorial context.

Aphorism of the Day, July 16, 2019

Christ Jesus is the image (icon) of the invisible God.  Such is what is written in Pauline writings.  It is like the poetry of the introduction to John's Gospel: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God."  Word as Word is still invisible but through itself, Word is evident.  Word continually refers beyond itself to what is not Word, but it really ends up just referring to other words which are supposed to be signifying what is not words.  We are ordered and created as humans because we have Word as the ordering and structuring reality of our existence.  I say that because in a very circular argument, I use and must use words to establish the primacy (the arche status)  of Word.  We are totally caught inwardly and outwardly in Words.

Aphorism of the Day, July 15, 2019

"The better part."  This is what Jesus said about Mary the contemplater in contrast with Martha the compulsive worker.  If this was a parable of Jesus in the early church which privilege mystical experience, then one can see the priority which is established for the early mystics.  You don't win the lottery if you don't play?  You don't have the recognition of one's mysticality unless one spends the contemplative time.

 Aphorism of Day, July 14, 2019

"For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished."  These words of Jesus about the law seem to contradict the notion that "love" fulfills the law rather than a legalistic literalism about all of the written rules found in the Torah.  This could also mean that whatever is accomplished in the future cannot change how the law was written in the past.  What will be accomplished seems to be uncertain even while we can interpret endlessly about it referring to what was accomplished in the life of Jesus.

Aphorism of the Day, July 13, 2019

To ask the question, "who is my neighbor?," is to pretend ignorance about something that might be obvious.  It covers the hidden agenda, "who am I required to treat with dignity and respect?"    "Jesus, would I have to regard a Samaritan as my neighbor, and therefore worthy of the love required by fulfilling the law?"  Jesus then told a story about a Samaritan who helped a victim of roadside crime.  Jesus was pointing out that everyone is a passive neighbor who needs help at some time.  But the neighbor who keeps God's law is the one who is doing the loving and not just the recipient who receives the love. 

Aphorism of the Day, July 12, 2019

According to the punchline for the parable of the Good Samaritan, a neighbor is one who shows mercy.  Show mercy means that regardless of the conditions of either party, one party has empathy for someone in need and that empathy results in an action of care.  Mercy is empathy plus an action of care.  This is how Jesus defines "being a neighbor."  As passive neighbors, we also want to be on the receiving end of such care when we need it.

Aphorism of the Day, July 11, 2019

Love your neighbor as yourself.  Who is my neighbor?  Wrong question.  The neighbor is the one who is suppose to love any other person.  In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus was saying "You love your neighbor as yourself," and you loving is what defines "neighbor."

Aphorism of the Day, July 10, 2019

Doesn't it humiliate you when someone about whom you have preconceived notions and predisposed not to like, does something totally nice and wonderful.  That is the spot of conscience which Jesus hit in telling the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Aphorism of the Day, July 9, 2019

In the parable of the Good Samaritan dialogue, Jesus subtly changed the debate from a who is the neighbor in the Summary of the Law, whom I have to love into a neighbor is really the lover of God as a neighbor loving whomever is placed before one in life.  The Samaritan is presented as the example of the active neighbor.  And isn't it galling when the "natural enemy" is seen to be more neighborly than our presumed "natural friends."  Those who have experienced the kindness of "strangers" understand the unbiased nature of "neighorly love."

Aphorism of the Day, July 8, 2019

The parable of the Good Samaritan has a very subtle but profound shift that is evident  in saying, being a neighbor and being a neighbor to.  The shift is from the passive to the active.  Passively a neighbor can be anyone who is geographically close to one; Actively, a neighbor is someone who is neighborly.  Lots of people are passive neighbors without being neighborly.  Jesus shatters the bias of his time by present the bad guy, the Samaritan, as one who is neighborly.  Jesus was elevating the notion of neighbor from location proximity to the act of being neighborly.

Aphorism of the Day, July 7, 2019

"Rejoice that your name is written in heaven."  Jesus told his evangelist not to rejoice in their success; rather rejoice that you in fact embraced the message that you are preaching.  What was the message?  God's realm is near and you are a member, a citizen of that realm.  (Hence you are enrolled in the "heavenly" records as such a citizen).  Act and be a citizen of God's realm.  That is its own reward.

Aphorism of the Day, July 6, 2019

The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few, is what Jesus is saying.  What is plentiful?  The number of people who need to know good news about God's love.  Why so few laborers?   Perhaps there are not enough people who have been able to embrace good news in their own life to the point of being compelled to share it with others.  It is a shame that there are not enough satisfied customers of "good news" to be available to share the excess with others.

Aphorism of the Day, July 5, 2019

"Whenever we have the opportunity, let us work for the good of all."  That is from St. Paul but it is the universal "common good" ethic.  Everything should be judged by the question, "will this benefit everyone?"  Whether the environment, health care and the economy, we often find individual "justice" at odds with distributive justice.  The world is in need of a correction toward distributive justice.

Aphorism of the Day, July 4, 2019

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States provides the framework for different people to be envious of the gifts of each other in the affirmation that we are all needed for our corporate wholeness and we cannot say of another, "I have no need of you."  There are many universal and Christ-like values of strategies of love within our American ideals documented in our founding charters.

Aphorism of the Day, July 3, 2019

St. Paul's law of "karma" is expressed, "you reap what you have sowed."  What we do now affects the future and sometimes the causes are directly observed and known and other times there are cumulative effects and the direct causal effect is unknown.  This can be in our health and diet and in how we treated the environment.  It is not that we don't believe in God's forgiving grace when we mess up really badly; God's law of karma is God as pure freedom sharing a degree of freedom with everyone and everything else and in the law of freedom current harm causes future harm to self and others through the reinforced repetitions which harden habits as well as actual future outcomes.  Our world has been building up incredible cumulative effects that threatens us with a future grim reaper.

 Aphorism of the Day, July 2, 2019

In the instructions for the evangelical mission, Jesus told his messengers not to stay around if their message was not received.  Just move on.  Not everyone is "ripe for harvest" in their life experience to be receptive for a paradigm shift.  The sadness in life is most people are not ready to take a step in the direction toward what they need to become.

Aphorism of the Day, July 1, 2019

Great idea remain such without strategies and action plans to make them actual.  Perhaps the most native American philosophy is called "pragmatism," which means the truth of something includes it actual functional outcome in people's lives.  The Gospel present Jesus using a mission strategy to get the message out including going in pairs and evangelical poverty.  The corresponding application for us is that the Gospel needs strategies or it remains a hidden ideal; the strategies can vary depending upon the individual circumstances.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Aphorism of the Day, June 2019

Aphorism of the Day, June 30, 2019

"No one who puts his hand on the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."  This saying of Jesus means that hope is the constitution of those who understand God.  It means we look to surpassing ourselves in a future state rather than wallow in nostalgia for the good 'ol days.

Aphorism of the Day, June 29, 2019

Regarding the fruits of the Spirit, Paul wrote, "There is no law against such things."  This is the assertion of the positive law of what we can do full throttle and excessively; the negative law of prohibition is stated in the negative "thou shalt not!"  The negative law is "realistically" based upon knowing human tendency in knowing that the energies of our lives are going to make us habitually do bad things.  The positive law is based upon the Spirit, who inspires and energizes toward the very best expression of virtues which can be done excessively without prohibition.  One cannot even imagine a negative law of the Spirit: Thou shalt not love, be peaceful, know joy, have self control, be gentle, be good, be faithful and patience?  The fruits of the Spirit invite unbridled and unending excess.

Aphorism of the Day, June 28, 2019

Jesus actually discouraged someone from "literally" following him, since he traveled so light with no guaranteed place to sleep.  The call of Christ does not need to be radical physical relocation; it should begin and remain as interwoven with one's life situation in the gradual process of repentance, i.e., becoming better today than yesterday.

Aphorism of the Day, June 27, 2019

We usually associate the call of Christ as being a call to leave and go somewhere else and change what one is doing with one's life.  The more challenging and perhaps valid notion of the call of Christ is to understand it as being interwoven with the lives we currently now live.  Being called away is "only a temporary phase" of learning new discipline but such discipline should be geared toward understanding the call of Christ as interwoven with one's natural and normal everyday life.

Aphorism of the Day, June 26, 2019

"Leaving all" to follow Christ as in being ordained to the "full time ministry," actually may be the right to get paid for appearing in religious roles while criticizing those who aren't always in church with inconsistent attendance.  If someone is not learning how to weave the call of Christ into the all of the intermittent events which occur in the pre-ordained life, then they will also fail to make the call of Christ genuine in their "ordained" life.

  Aphorism of the Day, June 25, 2019

I will wait for a more opportune time to respond to the call of Christ, like after I have buried all the older members of my family or when I've finished saying farewell to my families.  Farewells and funerals will always be happening in the unplanned intermittent ways that they occur.  The call of Christ is interwoven with the intermittent events of ordinary family life.  Don't use waiting for death or farewells as an excuse for not responding to the call of Christ.

 Aphorism of the Day, June 24, 2019

The perspective of Jesus on the call to follow him has to do with understanding that it is interwoven with everything else that might happen to one within the particular contexts and circumstances of one's life.  One cannot "escape" life to follow Christ.

Aphorism of the Day, June 23, 2019

St. Paul refers to the ultimate mystical process of "transitioning."  He wrote to be clothed with Christ means there is no male or female.  Being in Christ as the primary identity means that how we manifest any other identity is to be a shape of how our ministry is to be articulated.  If Christ is our primary identity, we need to commit our other identities as ways to promote our primary identity with Christ.

Aphorism of the Day, June 22, 2019

The semantics of the Law versus faith in the vocabulary of St. Paul is crucial to the definitions that governed the breakdown between the synagogue and the church.  The issue was instigated by the fact that the Jesus Movement became a "Spirit" movement when Gentiles could receive inward verification of favor with God without complying to all of the precepts of the Judaic Law.  How could people consider themselves within the tradition of Judaism without complying to the basic precepts which heretofore had defined observant Judaism?  One can see the verbal gymnastics that Paul had to generate to explain the new paradigm of faith within the Jesus Movement.  Did any truly observant Jew believe that the loving kindness of God's forgiveness did not co-exist with the goal of keeping the recommended behaviors of the Torah?  Was it a false assumption of Paul to assume that believing in God's loving kindness did not co-exist with the efforts to observe the law?  One can assume that Paul had written a paper tiger version expressing his own former practice of Judaism vis a vis the Jesus Movement so as to view the difference as a battle of Law or Faith.  One can see the same sort of argument arise again in the Luther dichotomy of works vs. grace.  It is true that because their are people who live the worst case caricatures of Law only or grace only that such oppositional theologies get generated.

 Aphorism of the Day, June 21, 2019

St. Paul believed in the interior battle with principalities and powers and forces of evil.  This cosmic clash was instantiated in the presentation of the life of Jesus as one who cast out the forces of interior darkness and uncleanness from the lives of people as the ultimate People Whisperer.  His inner authority was so obvious that the inner authorities harassing the lives of people had to obey his exorcisms.

 Aphorism of the Day, June 20. 2019

"daimon" as a negative controlling impulses has correspondences in every age and culture, whether it is a whole range of mental illnesses, developmental and experientially originated or physiologically/genetically "caused."  Ancient diagnostic practice could account for a wide range of maladies under the guise of "demons," and such certainty of unseen causes persisted for many illnesses.  Joseph Lister with his sanitary practices exorcised the "demons" of hidden germs so that germs lost their "demonic" etiology.  Mental illness and the incredible chemical restructuring of the brain which takes over in addiction to prescribed and unprescribed drugs can manifest behaviors with seeming unseen causes, which in the old days would have fit under the encompassing diagnosis of demonic, or in the Purity Code designation as "unclean" and therefore feared and shunned for public safety.  Jesus as People Whisperer would not let such people diagnosed as those with "unclean innards" be isolated from contact to comforting, supporting resources of people.  Jesus the People Whisper crossed the quarantine boundary without fear of being infected by the persons victimized by the classification of being "unclean" in their inner being.

Aphorism of the Day, June 19, 2019

Spiritual disciplines and public health in the ancient practice of applied law in Israel, were more unified under the aegis of religious leaders who handled laws which pertained to "public health."  Public health threats were classified into a a code of what was clean or unclean.  What was unclean was regarded to be a threat to public health.  An angry and violent person to self and others who was designated as having an "unclean spirit" or many "unclean spirits," had to be avoided to protect the public.  This situation was devastating for family members of the oppressed person much like mental health disorders are distressing for families today.  Jesus dared to interact with people who had been designated as those with "unclean spirits."  He was able to bring a clean heart and renewed spirit to be who had been declared to be internally "unclean."

Aphorism of the Day, June 18, 2019

In certain locations where the Gospels were coming to textual form, the near universal diagnosis for manifold human maladies was demon possession, or those who were controlled by an "unclean spirit."  In the purity code classification, something designated as unclean was to be shunned and isolated from the community, thus leaving one with such a public health quarantine, bereft and abandoned except perhaps by family members who still cared for them but were at their wit's end for some intervention.  Jesus is presented as an "exorcist" in the Synoptic Gospels, even as John's Gospel does not recount any such ministry of Jesus.  Hmm.  Curious?   Perhaps such "medical" treatment was not familiar to the community in which John's Gospel was written?  One way to understand Jesus in this healing role is to understand him to be a "People Whisperer."  He had such inward spiritual authority that he was able to dispel all of the inner accusing forces which had come to reside in people whose lives had become diminished by inner constituent forces of linguistic constellation that were so pronounced as to be able to control the body language of a person toward self harm.  The great occupational lack in our world today is that there are not enough people whisperers who can befriend people in a way to dispel the inward controlling impulses in people toward their own harm and the harm of others.  "O God, raise up more "people whisperers" in the tradition of Jesus, the Great People Whisperer."

Aphorism of the Day, June 17, 2019

Interesting to trace the "demonization" of daimon from the classic Greek era to the koine Greek era of the New Testament.  A daimon was a spiritual guide or friend of someone like Socrates or daimon could refer to a "controlling impulse," which does seem to have some connection with the demons of the New Testament era, even though such daimons could be creative impulses and not just the notion of being out of control in a negative sense.   In the New Testment era the demons had become fallen angels who were opposed to God's purposes in this world and showed their opposition by inhabiting people who probably were traumatized persons who were shocked into their alternate personalities (dissociately disordered ones) to shatter into becoming the expression for the multiple personalities, even to be named Legion.  If a demon is a "diabol," opposite of an Angel Messenger "Symbol," the demon represent the maladjustment of the interior life with the external world such that the heebie jeebies drives one's life into chaotic clusterf***ing discord.  Jesus, as the people whisperer, was the ultimate Sane Symbolic person who was able to resew the interior life of people with their exterior manifestation with the end result of the state of mind called "peace."  In that peace a sane sense of significant order and control returned to one's life.

  Aphorism of the Day, June 16, 2019

Time complicates everything by mystifying everything with a future, which from now is only possible and not actual.  So, the Trinity is a mystery because the Trinity still has a future for human being in time.  The nature of someOne everlasting means that their full meaning is not and cannot be fully known and understood by those who are not the SomeOne.  As lesser beings we can humbly accept the adequacy of what we know about the Trinity without presuming infallible knowledge.

Aphorism of the Day, June 15, 2019

Did gravity exist before Newton?  Did the Trinity exist before Jesus, before the New Testament, before the Council of Nicaea?  Whitehead: "The laws of science are statistically approximate, not causatively absolute,"  meaning that to articulate a law or theory about some natural behavior does not "cause" it to happen.  Articulating the "Trinity" does not "cause" the Trinity.  Language itself is a continuous statistical approximating of all of the previous traces that are available to language users in contributing to a greater body of language events.  Language about the Trinity derived from further language approximation of the traditions about God which existed in the Hebrew Scriptures and then attained new insights in how the relationship of Jesus with God was articulated in his remembered words and how his oracle words came to the New Testament writers.  These tradition were further developed into the Credal formulas of the Council of Nicaea as it was deemed important to "standardize" teaching about God because of the  perception of the need for political unity in the Empire.

Aphorism of the Day, June 14, 2019

Father and Son are parent-child relationship words.  Spirit is a word metaphor for personal essential identity from the hidden but verified entities of breath or wind.  Spirit is given credit for executing the conception of Jesus and birthing Christ in each person.  The Trinitarian Persons have relationship reality, even as they get "deconstructed" in the notion of God as Word.  In God as Word or Word as God, all becomes the One of Plenitude, a Plenitude that is not yet finished, temporally speaking.

Aphorism of the Day, June 13, 2019

The most developed references to members of the Trinity are found in the Gospel of John, a very late document when compared with writings of Paul and the other Gospels.  The oracle words of Jesus which came to the Johannine author clarified how the Christians understood their relationship with God.  Christian believed that in synchrony and/or in sequence they were knowing God as coming in their experience to be named in their language as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Aphorism of the Day, June 12, 2019

The progression of Trinitarian understanding.  Narrative language of Jesus regard his relationship to God.  Credal formularies to teach in abbreviation the narrative form of the words of Jesus about the Father and the Holy Spirit.  A philosophical theology about the necessity of what the Creeds stated about Father, Son and Holy Spirit in order to standardize church teaching in churches which had grown and had open disagreement about their teaching about the nature of God.  The end result of the Nicaean statements about the Trinity declared the excommunication of more than half of the Christians in the world.  The Trinity as an expression of Church Administration was not immediately received by those who disagreed.

Aphorism of the Day, June 11, 2019

Part of the problem of understanding the Trinity has to do with the Hellenization of theology that was evident in the results of the official documents of the Council of Nicaea.  Might be better just to deal with how Jesus is presented in the Gospel in his self understanding of God and his use of Father and the Spirit.

Aphorism of the Day, June 10, 2019 

The Trinity became the "logical" explanation for the early church to describe the success as Christ experience continued to be replicated in mystical experience.

Aphorism of the Day, June 9, 2019

We might think of language as simply a taxonomic system to classify all manner of things.  Language does bear the objectivity of classification so that we together can think and believe that we are referring to the same thing.  But language also includes the individual and subjective appropriation  of language such that meanings become nuanced to each person within their individual personal experience.  Diversity of language also means that each person has their own "dialect" in meaning and articulation of any given language.  On Pentecost it means that the Spirit of harmony much incorporate and blend individual language users for common purpose of communities of love and justice.

Aphorism of the Day, June 8, 2019

Pentecost is the event which proclaimed that the message of Christ was able to translated into every language.  Anglicans sometimes treat their Book of Common Prayer as a Common Text and such a text can become regarded as rigid and arcane when the Spirit of translation of prayer into the common language of anyone who wants to pray is denied.  The public agreement upon a corporate text of prayer should not be seen in conflict with the validity of common prayer in the private words of anyone who wishes to prayer.  The Spirit of God makes prayer "common."

Aphorism of the Day, June 7, 2019

Babel is bad and a curse was transformed to Babel is good and a blessing because the Gospel of Christ could be translated into every language and each person had access to the transforming Spirit of God who had been promised by Jesus.  The Jesus Movement wanted to universalize Judaism in ways that was beyond the mission of Judaism for those who remained within the synagogues.  By translating the message into too many foreign languages the Christian movement also accepted habits of Gentile peoples which were no longer deemed as defiled.

Aphorism of the Day, June 6, 2019

The Spirit of Pentecost is about the wisdom of how to live on the continuum between unity and diversity.  To be heavy on the "unity" side can be an expression of a forced pattern of power elites and unity of fascism is a sin against the spirit.  The chaos of each person doing his own thing without regard for the social and distributive consequences is also a sin against the Spirit.  Christly unity is letting the wind of the Spirit play each person as the unique pipe in the organ adding to the fullness of the whole.

Aphorism of the Day, June 5, 2019

Pentecost irony: Christians are people "divided" by having a common Spirit.  Divided?  Divided to have diverse missions in each of the languages which people in our world speak. Many people do not have faith to believe in the Unity in difference which such a great God-Spirit can comprehend.

 Aphorism of the Day, June 4, 2019

Pentecost is the dynamic on the continuum of the one and the many.  From the many one; from the One, many.  How does one affirm diversity while being held together with an experience of unity such that fracturing does not keep all individuals reconnecting.  Spirit is the mystification known in the experience of the Team which is not spelled with an "I."  Spirit is the experience of the oneness of harmony of the entire "One" orchestra.  We needed oneness and diversity and learning how to balance the dynamic of the two is what Pentecost is about.  Pentecost is about taking a unifying experience of Christ and translating it into endless numbers of languages.

Aphorism of the Day, June 3, 2019

For the divine to be comprehensively known, God would need to be accessible in all languages.  God comes to language events differently; difference is affirmed in the event of Pentecost.  Pentecost is the ultimate event of "Common" Prayer, not in making everyone pray in one sacred and liturgical language, but in the adapting of the praise of God to the common language of each person who is drawn to prayer.

Aphorism of the Day, June 2, 2019

We've heard of "money laundering," but what about "language laundering?"   How can we clean up our use of language in word and deed?  Jesus of Nazareth and the Ascended Christ, prayed and prays and that suggests to us that as we designate our lives to the practice of prayer, we can do some serious "language laundering," both in our speaking acts and in our body language deeds.

Aphorism of the Day, June 1, 2019

Justin Martyr, a second century apologist, with his "logos" theology could posit that Plato and others who did not know Jesus of Nazareth could be "unknowing Christians," even though they were regarded to be "pagans."  If, following, John 1:1, Word is God, then being worded beings is the "default" position of humanity and probably is the most explicit reflection of God's image, if indeed, God is Word.  Anyone who uses their worded life toward the full expression of love and justice in word and deed, is certainly Christly.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Aphorism of the Day, May 2019

Aphorism of the Day, May 31, 2019

What does one do with the Ascension when the cosmological view of the world is no longer the netherworld below a flat earth which has a domed sky with a "trap door" in the top that can be threaded at the lift off of Jesus?  Using physicality as metaphor for substantiality, the ascension illustrates the truth of the disappearance of Christ from the physical and sensual realm but indicates his promotion to an interior and invisible realm.  This is continuum of the word being made flesh being made word.....bespeaking the human occupation of dancing in the dynamic of interior words in signifying play with the physical and inner psychical worlds.

Aphorism of the Day, May 30, 2019

Overwhelmed by the threat of the truth of science the church has felt pressured to make a reading of the ascension into a physical lift off and thus diminished the truth of mystical and poetic being raised with Christ to be seated in heavenly places as the experience of one’s most profound Interiority.

Aphorism of the Day, May 29, 2019

Chariot to heaven, Jacob's ladder to heaven, Jesus as the ladder on whom the angels ascend and descend, and the Ascension.  This is all about mystical travel between the realm of seen and unseen.  Angels and the appearance of a vertical ascent use the physical as a metaphor for the mystical.  Remember when the physical is used as a metaphor, it means that the writer is stressing something is "really real," i.e., it is as meaningful true as the kitchen table that you see.

Aphorism of the Day, May 28, 2019

The mysticism of Paul and others had to do with experiencing an identity with Christ, such that one walks with, sleeps with, eats with, dies with, rises with, lives with Christ in heavenly places.  How do these metaphors of identity get taught within the church?  Encoding them within a narrative of Jesus of Nazareth such that the appearance of an historical narrative is interwoven with the mystical states of identity.  The mystics understand being in the world but not of the world; the fundamentalist import scientific historicism onto the Gospel text and insist they have to be meaningfully true if and only if they could have been events which could have been empirically verified.  They became the literalists which are mocked by the words of Jesus in the Gospel of of John throughout.

Aphorism of the Day, May 27, 2019

In the Gospel of John there is the understanding that the physical is presented as metaphor for the spiritual.  In John's Gospel, Jesus does not tell parables, he speaks in long discourses.  In John as the last Gospel, the program of the Gospel writing becomes evident; the Gospels present the narrative of the life of Jesus as a cover metaphor for the early Christian mysticism of those who used the poetry of being crucified with Christ, of having been raised with him, and having ascended with him to be seated in heavenly places.  All this seems totally absurd if we try to impose strict empirical verification criteria on all of the events in the narrative of the life of Jesus.  But if we understand the Gospel narrative as encoding the early mystical transformation of lives, then we crack the interpretive code of the Gospels and salute the discursive practice of the Gospels as not being incompatible with the discourse of science.

 Aphorism of the Day, May 26, 2019

God sets up house.  Jesus said about the Trinity in the Royal "We:"  "We will come and and make our home with them."  The metaphor of God using our bodies as a home where the divine lives set up home is indicative of moving the notion of presence from a sacred temple to the interior within each person.  Such decentralization of sacred space should not make us think any less of holy place of worship where prayers have been valid; it should only inform us that no place can exhaust God's presence.  God's presence in experienced on a continuum of general and particular based upon the apparent experience of the same in the experience of a person.

Aphorism of the Day, May 25, 2019

The Gospel of John is in part about how to live in the world but not be "of" the world.  World was cosmos and that is quite an embracing term.  What world was there to live in during Gospel of John time?  The most embracing "world" of the time would be the "Roman Empire World" which would include the Christians communities and the synagogues.  What kind of peace did the Roman World offer?  It was the Pax Romana, a peace which was built upon the force of armies defeating any opposition to the Roman order as it came to be expressed in the laws and customs distilled throughout the provinces of the Empire.  The followers of Jesus lived something like "Amish" in the Roman World, perhaps even a bit more appearance of integration with the societal order but not participating in the public cult.  The peace of Christ was the experience of an interior world, a different kind of "cosmos", realm or kingdom.  Nascent Christianity was generated as a spirituality without prominent public institutions and only began to become to "be" the Roman world following the Emperor Constantine.  When Christian spirituality became the "world," one can discover that spirituality began to get compromised.

Aphorism of the Day, May 24, 2019

Words and Jesus in the Gospel of John.  Jesus is the Word as God from the beginning through whom all things come into being.  Jesus said is words were spirit and Jesus promise the Holy Spirit to be the continuation of his words given to him by the Father.  John's Gospel indicates every thing playing out upon the default position of being human, i.e., having words.  Words have been the origin, the beginning, the arche or human life as it can be known.  Words will be the continuation of human life as it can be known, particularly as we admit that we know words through words.  So if Word is all embracing, why do we need Jesus?  Word made flesh is exemplary word in a human person to give us the model for how word should be articulated best in the human life forms of speaking, writing and body language deeds.

Aphorism of the Day, May 23, 2019

On Kepler and Copernicus day it might be good to remember the threat of scientific empirical observation which challenged the former theological explanations for how things were perceived.  Science has been such a threat to religion that religionists have had to contort themselves to contrive unhealthy reconciliations of science and religion.  We should rejoice that in the human use of language to assert and codify human experience, we arrived at the best tool for practical wisdom, i.e., science.  With the scientific method we have been able to achieve the very best and latest of "probability" thinking because as we are able to determine more precise predicatability, we have the ability to take preventative actions within the system of freedom within which we live.  But the system of freedom has room for discourses of faith, love and beauty, resembling the aesthetic meanings and truth that are as inspiring as scientific discourse.  Science has made religionists think that our discourse is a bastard step-child and we are too often defensive because we are not willing to accept the specific difference of aesthetic discourse, which are meaningful, for one, in entertaining ways.  Have you noticed that all of the entertaining speculation discourse has moved out of religion into the entertainment fields of science fiction and cinema and other virtual imaginative offerings.  We don't give ourselves or biblical writers permission to find their imaginations as entertainingly meaningful because Big Brother Science now tells us that all of that stuff has to have been empirically verified to be "true."  We allowed ourselves to be in a conflict that didn't need to be there in the first place.

Aphorism of the Day, May 22, 2019

John in his vision of the New Jerusalem saw that the new city had no Temple because God was the Temple.  We all know that everything that is, is in fact the great Cathedral that we always already live and have our being in.

Aphorism of the Day, May 21, 2019

The Gospels were written and edited by preachers and writers of the early Christian communities whose contemporary reality was the effervescence of group spiritual experience that had derived because of Jesus of Nazareth.  The writers were trying to explain the dynamic of how the earthly Jesus of Nazareth morphed into the Risen Christ becoming spontaneously known in the lives of those who never saw Jesus.  The Gospels are a narrative theology of Providence by those who were profoundly impacted by Post-Death-of-Jesus encounters with his Divine Traces in their lives.

 Aphorism of the Day, May 20, 2019

Significant portions of the Gospel of John might be called farewell discourse.  The author is trying to impart insights about the transition from Jesus of Nazareth to the Risen Christ of the church of the Holy Spirit.  One of the major feature of this liminal phase of Jesus leaving and returning as the Risen Christ, is the assurance of the validity of another kind of divine presence known as the Advocate of Jesus, the Holy Spirit.

Aphorism of the Day, May 19, 2019

In the age of the Risen Christ and the experience of the Holy Spirit, how did the early Christians write about the actual age of Jesus of Nazareth?  They wrote his life in an anticipatory way of what he had become as the Risen Christ in both Jewish and Gentile followers.

Aphorism of the Day, May 18, 2019

"The home of God is among mortals..."  Home is the permanent dwelling place of someone and if the home of God is among mortals, such is an expression of the accessibility of God to humanity.  In practical terms it means that the anthropomorphic impulses validly acknowledge a greater than human milieu in which we live which is our home, and metaphorically God is the Home within whom we live and move and have our being.

Aphorism of the Day, May 17, 2019

The separation of the followers of Jesus from the synagogue involved a "food fight."  The rules in the Torah regarding diet was inaccessible to the Gentiles who were following the teachings of Christ.  Peter had a vision which was authoritative for him to dispense with the dietary rules of Judaism for Gentile followers of Jesus.  Holiness as being ritually observant Jews in being distinguished from others in this world was something that could not be compromised by those who remained in the synagogue.  The followers of Jesus "spiritualized" holiness, by proclaiming that the inward evidence of the Holy Spirit was what made one separate from the world and not the outward physical evidence of how one ate or marked the body through circumcision.

Aphorism of the Day, May 16, 2019

"Where I am going, you cannot come."  The Gospel of John writer understands Jesus to be preparing the disciples for the new presence of Christ within them even while he will be visually absent.

Aphorism of the Day, May 15, 2019

John the Divine had a vision of "Death will be no more."  What would that mean?  Time will be no more?  Change will be no more?  Aging will be no more?  Becoming has become a static Being?  But would  the state formerly known as death be dead?  Does a timeless state mean a static roboticity?  John's vision is a surrealistic vision and normal reality gets melted like a Dali painting.

Aphorism of the Day, May 14, 2019

The Psalmist implores all orders of existence to "praise the Lord."  What kind of assumptions are involved in this poetry?  A star has the ability to speak?  A poet projects languaged existence upon everything.  Does the poet assume "Word" is embedded in some way in all things or is Word embedded in humans who project a worded existence upon everything such that everything can "praise" God.  Or is it a poetic way of saying everything and everyone are at their best in the state of testifying to the greatness of creator who made them? But all of this happens in the worded existence of the Psalmist.

Aphorism of the Day, May 13, 2019

The Last Supper as presented by John's Gospel showed some of the dysfunction of the disciples of Jesus.  Peter too proud to receive a foot-washing.  Judas plotting to betray Jesus.  James and John worried about their good seats in the kingdom of God.  How was the dysfunctional group to be made "re-functional?"  They will know that you are unified around Christ by your love for one another.  It is the love within community which announces the value of unity and draws others.  Many congregations have become the intermittent gathering of independent agents, each who fear one's own community involvement would result in inconvenience and dysfunction because of the differences one has with others.  The lack of love does not allow for people to know discipleship.

 Aphorism of the Day, May 12, 2019

The five senses in biblical poetry are often elevated as metaphors for accessing another realm, the spiritual realm, the kingdom of God.  In John's Gospel, the healing of the physical realm is the initiation into the spiritual realm.  The sign of God is that one sees beyond seeing, hears beyond hearing, tastes beyond tasting, and touching and feeling beyond touching and feeling.  Physical existence in the Gospel of John becomes poetic metaphor for existence on a parallel plane.

Aphorism of the Day, Aphorism of the Day, May 11, 2019

Aristotle is associated with the Peripatetic School of Philosophy, given that name derived from teaching by walking with students in the colonnades or portico that were in the Lyceum campus.  The Lyceum was a temple dedicated to Apollos.  Jesus was presented as a peripatetic rabbi teaching, while walking in the portico of the Temple at the feast of the Dedication.  Jesus was a "walking" teacher; he did not confine students to a classroom.  He taught in the way and the Spirit of the Risen Christ continues to teach as we are walking throughout the situations which may arise.  We cannot control the world or our environment by being locked into the limited exposure of being "inside" a classroom.  Rabbi Jesus introduces the "walking" learning program.

Aphorism of the Day, May 10, 2019

Ironic Gospel reading for Mother's Day 2010.  Jesus said, "The Father and I are one."  Jesus was literally one with Mary as the gestational Jesus.  Jesus could have said," My mom and I were one for at least 9 months."

Aphorism of the Day, May 9, 2019

The Gospel of John presents that post-resurrection Christ as an oracle in their congregations in a narrative of his life.  The Johannine Community regarded the success of the Jesus Movement as manifestation of Risen Christ to be the greater work that had occurred because Jesus had returned to his Father in his physical earthly disappearance.

Aphorism of the Day, May 8, 2019

"The Father and I are one."  Can children say this in a spatio-temporal way?   A father precedes a child?  How can a child be spatio-temporally one with one's father?  Can't be done.  A a child one or united in any way with one's father?  One is genetics relationship, one is family membership, and one in purpose for life.  Could it be that "the Father and I are one," means that he did not ever separate himself from the Plenitude and so he was not an independent agent in Plenitude?  Could it be that being one with "the Father" in contrast with Joseph as his father, meant that he understood that he had a relationship beyond psychological determination in the way in which Freud understood the "mommie, daddy, me" dynamic?

Aphorism of the Day, May 7, 2019

"My sheep hear may voice."  The flock of Jesus could be a metaphor for the paradgim or hermeneutical circle within which the early followers of Jesus lived.  They had been converted to this paradigm; others who had not the conversion experience could not "hear" /understand the teaching of Jesus.  That people inhabit different paradigms which don't seem to be compatible is a statement of fact.  There is lots of anger in the world because people live in different and incommnensurable paradigms of faith, politics and social experience in life, and it seems almost impossible to translate between paradigms to live in peaceful co-existence.  It happens that those who inhabit the paradigm which permits and succeeds at suppressing others seems to be the most "popular," even though it does not comport with a paradigm which valorizes love and justice.

Aphorism of the Day, May 6, 2019

For those who tout the superiority of "plain reading" of biblical texts one must ponder such phrases as "the Lamb will be the shepherd."  This is so contradictory on many levels and yet it evokes meaning for those who have appropriated the symbolism of the tradition of lamb and shepherd in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.  Modern science has made many people of faith embarrassed by "poetic" meanings as though these are inferior truths.  Many people of faith want to pretend they can play checkers while using the rules of chess and such attempts only look silly.  One can play chess and checkers at the same time on different boards.  One can be different discursive performers in different games at the same time.

Aphorism of the Day, May 5, 2019 

Self disillusionment, "I thought that I was better than that," can be the event for rehabilitation in one's high values or it can be the temptation to give up.  I'll never be perfect so why should I try.  Life is always about being rehabilitated in the right direction for moral perfection, not ever presuming to have arrived.

Aphorism of the Day, May 4, 2019

If the love of God will winsomely persuade and reconcile everyone and everything, does it do so coercively or as a creative lure which attends endless trial and error until everyone finally is able to respond freely having eventually learned from one's errors?

Aphorism of the Day, May 3, 2019

The Book of Revelation envisions every living creature singing a song of praise to the Lamb. This vision is a presentation of hope that eventually sacrificial love will persuade everyone, everywhere and at all times that it is the chief value of life which was exemplified in Jesus.

Aphorism of the Day, May 2, 2019

A metaphor for a profound change in one's life is, "Damascus Road experience."  It refers to the event which changed Saul, the persecutor of followers of Jesus to Paul, the follower and apostle of Jesus.  Saul was involved in the killing of other people for religious differences.  The history of religion indicates that this has often been the outcome of the practice of religion.  Religion has been used to make people different that oneself in their beliefs, "the other," who can be eliminated as a threat.  Most religions have had times needed to have "Damascus Road" conversions.

Aphorism of the Day, May 1, 2019

The rehabilitation of Peter by Jesus was to get Peter to reaffirm the general character of his life, namely that he had followed, walked and talked with Jesus during his ministry.  In a moment of fear, he denied Jesus, even vehemently three times, during the arrest and trial of Jesus.  Jesus rehabilitated Peter by getting him to return to his proven character shown by the fact that he had been with Jesus as a friend.  "Come on Peter, admit that you both love and like me."  "You're right Jesus, I disappointed myself when my fear overcame my pride."  Love and friendship are what heals our lives of fear and pride.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Aphorism of the Day, April 2019

Aphorism of the Day, April 30, 2019

Peter denied Jesus three times during the trial of Jesus.   Jesus rehabilitated Peter by asking Peter if he loved him.  He asked three times, to cover each denial.  Balance and equity might mean that we need to rehabilitate the negative with at least equal positive, not to get God's forgiveness, but simply to re-train the human functions.

Aphorism of the Day, April 29, 2019

The period of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus is presented as a liminal phase for the disciples; it is betwixt and between the physical presence of Jesus and the soon to be unseen Jesus who will become manifest by other psycho-spiritual events.  The liminal phase is a transition presented as a period of forty days to clarify all of their previous misunderstanding about what the meaning of Jesus as a crucified Messiah.  The liminal phase is presented as the time when the disciples were being weaned from seeing Jesus outside of them and accepting the reality of the Risen Christ seeing through them.

Aphorism of the Day, April 28, 2018

The New Testament became the collections of writings representing the institutionalization of the success of the Jesus Movement.  Jesus died; he did not go away but continued to effect lives of many in myriads of ways tailored to each individual's circumstances.  His words were spirit and life, the life of those who continued to follow him.  Word is how people mix with each inside of us.  When Christly words start to inwardly constitute one's being toward amendment and change of one's life, one has been "baptized" by the Holy Spirit words of Christ.

Aphorism of the Day, April 27, 2019

The writers of the New Testament projected upon God a meaning of divine stewardship.  The Divine initiative, so localized in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, had to be decentralized and made diffuse if the message of Jesus were to go worldwide.  Death, resurrection appearances and the presence of the Holy Spirit is how the message was delegated and passed from the omni-compentent but very local Jesus of Nazareth to the peoples of the entire known world who could know the Risen Christ as all and in all.

Aphorism of the Day, April 26, 2019

The Gospel of John presents the insightful but poignantly ironic word conditions.  Using word in a circular argument, word is used to establish word as the "arche" or first principle of everything. "In the beginning (arche) was the Word."  Since these words are written, words are being used to establish Word as the first principle (arche) of life as we can know.  Another punchline in John's Gospel is the affirmation of his own written word as a valid way to come to belief (being persuaded about) Jesus as the Son of God.  John's Gospel is honest about us being on the Merry-go-Round of the Word and words as the main feature of human identity.

Aphorism of the Day, April 25, 2019

"Jesus did many other signs which are not written."  (in the Gospel of John).  All that we can do with past event is have them re-presented in abbreviated traces.  Since we are living in the continuous present (is happening), we can only bring a few time-lapsed abbreviated trace shots of the past into our continuous presence, since we can on be in one time and place.  The Gospel of John was written with enough of those abbreviated traces of the life of Jesus to be evocative of the "signs" that we need to be persuaded (believe) about the continuity of the Risen Christ as Word of God in our lives.  Christ was identified with Word so as to affirm our language-based identity as human beings and to let certain values that are transmitted through words become the persuasive values of love and justice.

Aphorism of the Day, April 24, 2019

The "Doubting Thomas" story is a teaching which shows that different people need different kinds of proof to believe what they believe, even the community values of one's friends.

Aphorism of the Day, April 23, 2019

The Doubting Thomas story was shared primarily to affirm the validity of the experiences of the Risen Christ which did not have empirical verification like those of the "eye-witnesses."

Aphorism of the Day, April 22, 2019

Presence can be experienced as absence if it is not "apparent."  The "Doubting Thomas" stories explores how absences can be known as presence through the reading of words about Christ in the Johannine writings.

Aphorism of the Day, April 21, 2019

Imagine your afterlife as the ability to keep starting over and doing something new with the knowledge of what you did wrong in the same circumstance the last time you did it.  Something like the theme of the movie, "Ground Hog Day."  It would be repentance with purpose of preparing oneself by ridding oneself of proud egotistical acts that hindered one to be able to be fully in love with the one who is ordained.  Imagine an afterlife of being able to come to love having had one's freedom totally educated by experience.

Aphorism of the Day, April 20, 2019

Why do we say the life cycle of an egg, or a larva, or a chrysalis?  Because the butterfly is the climax of the life cycle and so the butterfly gets naming priority.   So we say, the Butterfly Life Cycle.  In the mystical cycle of the church year we could call it the Easter Life Cycle since Easter stands as what defines our lives of Christian hope.

Aphorism of the Day, April 19, 2019

The synchronicity of life means means that all of the events in the cycles of life are always already happening.  In our limited focus on what is happening, we go into "linear" mode of thinking even while we are actually in a spiral mode of the cycles of life.  The cross of Jesus cannot be separated from his birth or resurrection; with our liturgical observation we try to freeze frame an event in the cycle and pretend that the other events in the cycle did not happen, but we cannot do the impossible.

Aphorism of the Day, April 18, 2019

On Maundy Thursday, it is important to note that Eucharist and service are two values of the Christ Movement.  They should not be limited to stylized events of bread and wine and a stylized washing of feet.  The Eucharist is related to public eating whereby it is shown that all who are present have enough to eat.  The foot-washing is related to the dying with Christ mysticism needed for the checking of the ego to be at the service of others in what is required in the situation for the common.  To divorce the Maundy Thursday liturgy from these two values is to walk in hypocrisy.

Aphorism of the Day, April 17, 2019

We use external observances in Holy Week to remind ourselves of the continual inward transformation that is involved in our identity with Christ, the Risen Christ who is experienced within in us as Word with a perfect purpose.

Aphorism of the Day, April 16, 2019

Aphorism on the great fire at Notre-Dame de Paris:  In architecture, it happens that Word can be made the "flesh" of stones and wood and materiel and preside as Notre-Dame de Paris and when fire threatens its full materiality, we are still inspired by its ideal, to which we look for its new future.

Aphorism of the Day, April 15, 2019

As much as Holy Week and Easter can be reduced to increasing religious behaviors on behalf of religious organization, the ritual process is about relating the big question faced in human life to a Plenitude which survives, comprehends and integrates any particular event in the life cycle.  A Plenitude which includes death and the afterlife with love and justice is what we celebrate in Holy Week.

Aphorism of the Day, April 14, 2019

If one does not read the Passion Gospel from the perspective of Pauline mysticism of the cross, then one is left with various information reports without the mystical engagement that surely was implied by the early churches' mystagogy.  Take the mystagogy out of the Passion Gospel and a dominant function is lost.

Aphorism of the Day, April 13, 2019

Pre-life, pre-birth life, life, death and afterlife.  Of the cycle, life and death have the most empirically verifiable access.  The human question of meaning is whether to define death as the last occasion of living or as the first occasion of afterlife.  Or is it a threshold connecting both?  The church has regarded the death of Jesus as a great Death, because the church has invited people to the coat tails of this great Death as an identity event and the church mystics have re-baptized the entropy of dying as a positive energy of leaving the state of living according to the "self" that will die and not according to the "spirit-self" which lives lives on.  

Aphorism of the Day, April 12, 2019

To return the Passion Gospel to be the visualization cover for the mystical identity with the death of Christ confessed by Paul, rather than literalize all the Passion characters(which was used to justify anti-Semitic action by Christians in the history of the church), one needs to understand them as the enemies of the soul (in the spiritual and metaphorical sense)  which would hinder the mystical goal of the "good death" to self which is known because the death of Jesus is a positive energy to end the egotistical tendencies of the soul.

Aphorism of the Day, April 11, 2019

How does one remove the "anti-Semitic" tinge of the Passion Gospels?  The words of Jesus to love one's enemies seem a bit deconstructed if the Pharisees and Sadducees are "his enemies."  The Passion happened because of context specific collision between various religious leaders and the Roman authorities in Jerusalem.  It is inconsistent to claim the Cross was providentially necessary while at the same time decrying the motives of all of the actors and the agents of the events.  Some would like to assign hierarchy of blame for the events, assigning a greater role to religious leaders than to the people who actually had the power to crucify.  The freedom for anything to happen implicates everything that came before the event; the need to fine-tune specific causality might pertain to juridical discourse.  It would seem that the glory in Cross of Jesus by Paul was not to be about assigning blame but assigning universal forgiveness.  That Jews and Gentiles can be all to too human in some bad behaviors does not give license for anti-Semitic or anti-Gentile behaviors.

Aphorism of the Day, April 10, 2019

One has to approach the Passion Gospel accounts in their functional layers of how they have been used by the readers throughout church history.  They have functioned as a part of a liturgical calendar, an arbitrary calendar used as a method of presenting an annual curriculum of Christian teaching based on the life cycle of Christ.  Probably at the core of the Passion is the mystical theology of Paul and others based upon their theology of the cross, a stumbling to Jews (who wanted a true Davidic Messiah), foolishness to the Greeks/Hellenistic Romans (how could a crucified person be a king?), but in the mystical theology of Paul and others, the cross was the power of God to die to what is unworthy in one's life.  Sadly, the church's observance of the Passion has mainly lost the mystical theology of Paul regarding the cross.  The church has resorted to the material meaning of the cross as an external historical event rather than how the cross was reprocessed through the mystical experience with the Risen Christ in the pyscho-spiritual identity method of transformation.

Aphorism of the Day, April 9, 2019

In the Lucan Passion account, the writer goes to some links to present Pilate as someone who really wanted to release Jesus but did not because he was prevailed upon by the Jewish religious accusers of Jesus.  It is quite ironic that Herod and Pilate are very compliant in such a situation particularly when Herod had John the Baptist decapitated as trivial party favor.  

Aphorism of the Day, April 8, 2019

The Passion account has been robbed from its setting in its typical promulgation by making it more about the events in the time of Jesus rather than as the visualization technique in the mysticism of the early church to reinforce and identity with the spirit of Christ in his life, death and Risen Life.

Aphorism of the Day, April 7, 2019

If everything is known in and through Language, including knowing that we know about language because of having language, what kind of continuous linguistic reflexivity are we living within language?  We cannot escape language because when we use "escape language" we are using and being used by language.

Aphorism of the Day, April 6, 2019

A written text like the Gospel seems to fix the events of the past as though they are events which could only be read and interpreted in one way, one self-evidential way (because the text seems to concretize them).  But interpretation in the now is always alive and new, and when one cannot dialogue and ask questions of people who are presented in Gospel events, those people and events become "fixed" types for teaching what the church had become and why it had become what it had become for the writers of the Gospel within their communities.  The past is dead and gone, even as the current interpretation of the traces of the past are alive and active even as we are alive and active and questioning.  While we think that we are assessing Mary of Bethany and Judas Iscariot, we really are assessing an archaeological history of the meaning of the types represented by Gospel figures in the church in the past and present.  When have I been devoted as Mary?  When have I been a cynical betrayer like Judas?

 Aphorism of the Day, April 5, 2019

In trying to translate the events of one generation to the next, one looks for contemporary correspondences to over come the "distance" of time, and the distance is even more pronounced in the eras when there were less intimate and exact technologies of memory.  The Gospels represent ironic interplay of correspondences in appearing to be "eyewitness" accounts, even though they were written 1-2 generations after the purported events and they were written in situations which included extra-Palestine locations of the reading "audiences" and persons who were "extra"-Jewish Christian Gentiles with no background in the various Hebraic traditions.  So figures like Mary and Bethany and Judas Iscariot would be presented as types of persons in the early church who either were completely devoted and aromatic in their reverence of Christ, and those who got into the Movement for the wrong reasons and didn't really have the life converting event and so like Judas, they could coldly betray and demean the passionate devotions of those who had had their socks knocked off in an encounter with the Risen Christ.

Aphorism of the Day, April 4, 2019

Mary of Bethany in the privacy of a meal at home for Jesus and a few intimates perfumes the room and the feet of Jesus to the scorn of Judas.  Such was an instance of
casting one's pearls before swine, in that Judas had no ability to empathize with the love devotion of Mary for Jesus.  Judas found that he was in the "Movement" for all the wrong reasons.  This story in John instantiates the experience of those in the church who were once enamored by the Movement but left it, even in betraying those who remained.

Aphorism of the Day, April 3, 2019

By the time that the Gospel of John was written, the characters presented in the Gospel had become more highly stylized examples of discipleship events and behaviors/misbehaviors.  Mary of Bethany presented fragrance to Jesus signifying the fragrance that was also written about the winsome inner essence of a person who had been changed by an encounter with the Risen Christ.  St. Paul wrote about those who had experienced the blessing of the mystery of Christ and then were tempted away by fear and money or other diversion.  Judas, who rebuked Mary of Bethany instantiated the one who had been received into the inner crowd but rejected the value of the mystery.  The early church like all Movements had to deal with those who "betrayed" the Movement.

Aphorism of the Day, April 2, 2019

When feet of Jesus were anointed with "costly" perfume, Judas who eventually took a bribe to betray Jesus, complained about such a diversion of resources from giving to the poor.  Jesus replied, " You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."  Sound a bit harsh?  Perhaps Jesus was addressing the condition of the heart of Judas who was embarrassed by such a display of devotion.  Due to the conditions of freedom in the world, rich and the great number of poor people prevail.  Rich people have the freedom to equal out the conditions but they don't; the reality of rich and poor cannot detract from devotion to God who might change hearts to really deal with the conditions of disparity in wealth.

Aphorism of the Day, April 1, 2019

Ponder the aroma therapy found in the Bible.  One therapeutic use of aroma is to overcome the stench of what is putrid and dying.  Time means the co-existing of coming to life and coming to death.  Aroma is the cosmetic celebration of that which is coming to life even while it is dying.  Women anointed Jesus with perfume and he said it was the anointing for his death.  We need aroma therapy as a way of diversion from the stench of all that is passing away, since even at the grave we still have to acknowledge that which continues to come to life and that which is going to go on living.

Aphorism of the Day, July 2019

Aphorism of the Day, July 21, 2019 Mary and Martha of Bethany have become the proto-types for the active and contemplative orders of mona...