Finding God's Goodness

Week Two: Lifelong Learning. Sacred Silence.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon him, and He heard “you are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:15-16) How often do you hear God’s voice saying this to you? Baptism is a work of God accepting us as we are. There is nothing we can do or fail to do that will damage this relationship. By virtue of our baptism, we have the Holy Spirit within us revealing the mysterious ways of God. Our job is to have the courage to get comfortable with silence and listen. The voice that says ” I am God’s beloved child called and sent to make a difference in the world.” This is our lifelong learning, the theme of this week.

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Guide to Goodness

Have You Met Wisdom?

I believe that most of us want goodness in our lives which is ultimately to be loved. The problem is that in our humanity we have limited capacity to understand and give love due to our ego, inflated or wounded, getting in the way. I might suggest that as we seek wisdom, we learn how to love a life giving love.

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Gift of Goodness

Gift of Goodness – December 21, 2021

A bit of goodness to start your day.

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:  come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.

The fifth antiphon begins with the traditional title for Christ, O Radiant Dawn (O Oriens).

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Gift of Goodness

Gift of Goodness – December 20, 2021

A bit of goodness to start your day.

O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:  come and free the prisoners of darkness!

The fourth antiphon begins with the traditional title for Christ, O Key of David (O Clavis David).

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Gift of Goodness

Gift of Goodness – September 4, 2021

A bit of goodness to start your day.

God’s goodness reveals the mysteries that are often in plain view.

There is so much to be gained if we allow the life space to unveil its mysteries that are often hidden in plain view. The Universal Christ is such an unveiling…[Love is] the greatest mystery of all. Not love as a warm and fuzzy feeling, but love as the animating force that holds us together. If we can believe that we are loved just as we are and that everything else is equally loved, we unveil a cosmic reality that is life-giving and a Christ-like reality that affirms the goodness of all creation…I encounter the Universal Christ from the cultural viewpoint of my embodiment as an African American woman, and I want to briefly share what that means to me, although categories of race, ethnicity, origin, or tribe have very little meaning in a cosmos based on original goodness and universally shared dignity. I’ve spent a lifetime working with like-minded people helping to unclog racism, sexism, gender, sexual identity bias. We struggle with the -isms so that justice might finally flow like waters. Our intentions are always good, but often our efforts include the subliminal presumption that if dominant culture would just include others and their established systems, all would be well. The Universal Christ happily displaces that notion. For if inclusion is to be meaningful, it must be based on the idea that everyone and everything is included from the beginning, not included in socially constructed hierarchies with allegiance to one political system or another, but included in a web of life, set forth from the foundations of the earth.

From Living School faculty member, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes

Today, I will remember that I was born to find God and to love my neighbor, affirming the goodness of all creation.