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  • Posted by tomagness22_yahoo_com on June 27, 2022 at 2:26 pm in reply to: Sunday June 26: Plough the Furrow of Love #125407

    As I was making my bed it struck me how doing ordinary things, the things I’m supposed to do each day, is God-like. This ensued, in poetic prose, due to format issues.

    God Is

    The farmer, the baker, the housekeeper, the maid, the people behind counters and cash registers and all human service jobs. The dishwashers, launderers, lawn keepers and gardeners. The plumbers, tailors, scientists, computer programmers, garbage disposal people, ditch diggers and the dead. Taxi drivers, Uber drivers, pizza and grub-hub delivery people. Nurses, doctors, hospital and home health aides and the sick & elderly who depend on them. Mathematicians, politicians, theologians, mystics, soothsayers, naysayers, baseball players and worms. In Cyberspace, outer space, inner space and green space. And pets, even pet rocks. In music, thunder, noise and the roar of silence. In baby’s cries, bowties, insufferable heat and air conditioning. In quarks, molecules, atoms and matter.

    God is – creator, sustainer, maintainer, redeemer of all life, seen and unseen. The cosmos, the universe, the multiverse, bad verse and vice versa.

    God is more me than I am.

    Posted by tomagness22_yahoo_com on June 19, 2022 at 12:18 pm in reply to: Sunday June 19: Bread is Life #125077

    Oops – my bad!   Here’s the rest.

    “I’m sitting at my dining room table, waiting for a batch of brownies to come out of the oven. The handsome,  round oak table on which they will cool is the hub of our family life. From its sturdy center, soulful spokes of food, drink, conversation, conviviality, tradition and memory sprout, finding outward expression in our daily round.”

    “Much more than eating takes place here. Newspapers are read, mail is sorted, conversations are started, homework is completed, bills are paid, cakes are iced, income tax is computed, flowers are arranged, games are played, confidences are shared, family and friends are gathered.”

    I recall my studies in Theology and a course on the Sacrament of Eucharist. How the earliest celebrations were in homes. How my professor stressed the importance of the table/altar and its many purposes, symbolizing the many ways we participate and experience the ‘Bread of Life.’ For me, Eucharist is life. In Thomas Keating’s book, “Open Mind, Open Heart”, under Guidelines for Christian Life, Growth and Transformation, he describes it this way.

    “Eucharist is the celebration of life: the coming together of all the material elements of the cosmos, their emergence to consciousness in human persons and the transformation of human consciousness into Divine consciousness. It is the manifestation of the Divine in and through the Christian community. We receive the Eucharist in order to become the Eucharist.”

    For me, Eucharist is the dynamic expression of God’s love for all humanity, all creation, in a simple act of giving and receiving. But it springs from an act of sacrifice so profound, so monumental, at times I am moved to grateful, joyful tears and overwhelmed with awe and reverence at its implications and revelations.
    I am moved to silence. I am moved to song. And then moved to service, in the ways I am called.

    Posted by tomagness22_yahoo_com on June 13, 2022 at 3:46 pm in reply to: Sunday June 12: Tikkun Olam #124914

    Loved the Old Testament reading! Reflected on how I am, we all are ‘Words’, vis a vis, the beginning of John’s Gospel:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word is God.” Divine Spark, collective unconscious, ontological unconscious, courtesy of Jung, Keating and others, all point to my place in the world, past, present and to come. Grateful for dreams, in which God also wants to bring out he best in me, and everyone! Finally, the phrase, ..’delight in the human race’ such a positive view of human nature and the created world. Even amidst the continuing  barrage of snowflakes (cottonwood), we opened our swimming pool! Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

    Posted by tomagness22_yahoo_com on June 5, 2022 at 9:40 pm in reply to: Sunday June 5: Let Love Radiate Through You #124720


    Cottonwood dances

    to a patternless pattern,

    snowflakes in June,

    order within chaos,

    a reminder of unity in diversity

    and diversity in unity.

    All is One, and, the One is all.

    And the Spirit blows where it wills.


    And a dream — of a child, shabbily dressed, lost, afraid, forgotten. Until someone with a caring heart comforts him and leads him to his destination.  That child is me. That child is us. That someone is me. That someone is us. Upon reflection, the scriptures resound:  the Prodigal Son, the Beatitudes, especially the poor in spirit, the merciful and the meek, who are given the kingdom, the earth and mercy. The fruits of the Spirit – love joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, (tolerance), gentleness and self-control. And lastly, the parable of the Last Judgment – “Whenever (& wherever) you did this to the least of my brothers & sisters, you did it to me.”

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