“Bear fruit worthy of repentance… His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” — Matthew 3:8, 12, NRSV
I’m reading and sitting with Matthew 3 tonight. We are the trees and the wheat. We bear fruit and are the fruit. We produce and are a product of our efforts and deeds.
Growth requires the transformation of not only what we produce in life, but also of our relationship to those words and deeds. Our heart, our intent, and our actions are all called up for consideration and transformation.
Needed that today. ❤
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I haven’t written like this in a while, but as my faith and life continue to change, so will the content I offer here. 🙂 I’ve been reflecting on my core beliefs, and it’s been… something.
My belief in God, in Christ, may not qualify as “rational” to many, and that’s okay. I don’t really care to debate God’s existence or all the logical flaws that naturally result from any in-depth theological work.
What I know is what I have felt, experienced, and learned. These are what give rise to my faith, and that is enough for me.
All my life, I have sensed a Presence, most acutely after the passing of my mother. It is a sense of not being alone, a sense of fulfillment, completion, solace… even in places or times when that wouldn’t make sense. I have interpreted and continue to interpret that Presence using the Christian faith in which I was raised.
I find God in the love of others, the timely affirmations and instructions of Scripture, and a sense of wholeness in silent prayer and communal worship.
Does this resonate with you?
Why do you believe or not believe, and what does that look like in your life?
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Love is true doctrine.
Kindness is the Sacrament.
Earth can be Heaven.
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Faith is a mere lens.
It is a way of seeing.
It clarifies life.
Faith is about Truth,
Truth as conveyed through Story,
Through ritual acts.
“Faith” becomes “Weapon”
When “Truth” is reduced to “Fact,”
“Story” to “Mandate.”
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Beneath the Cross, I find my home.
Yet wherever you may roam,
I hope you find the peace you need,
That you may be from mis’ry freed.
You may not share my home with me,
And find some other family.
But on the day we all return,
We’ll find we all have much to learn.
Yet if we seek, while we are here,
To love and help and lend an ear
To live with kindness openly,
Kin in Spirit we will be.
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Tao’s three treasures in the air.
No reason to separate.
Submit your will,
Sit in silence, waiting, still.
Pray to light,
Talk to trees,
Be with nature as you please.
Without the pressure to divide.
Pray the Rosary,
Cultivate the Tao within,
Do what leads you home.