Sacred ordinariness."Ordinary time" in this season after Pentecost isn't only about "everydayness." Ordinary is the adjectival ad·jec·ti·val
Of, relating to, or functioning as an adjective.
adjec·ti form of ordinal (mathematics) ordinal - An isomorphism class of well-ordered sets. , which refers to a numerical sequence. It's a fitting description for a season that doesn't lead to Christmas or Easter; rather this is a season of noticing the days and weeks as they go by. Liturgically speaking, ordinary time gives us the space to kick back and consider the lilies of the field--literally. As writer Annie Dillard Annie Dillard (born 30 April 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, best known for her narrative nonfiction. She has also published poetry, essays, literary criticism, autobiography, and fiction. observed, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." It makes sense to get on with the ordinary--believing that if God is in the details God Is in The Details is the tenth episode of season two of the show Eureka. Synopsis
On a Sunday morning, Lupo, Henry, Allison and Kevin worship at Eureka's sparsely attended church, where Reverend Harper, a former physicist, preaches. , surely God also is in the broad strokes.
Mujerista theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz describes an understanding of the sacred that is imbued with ordinariness as "lo cotidiano." In From the Heart of Our People, Latina feminist theologian Maria Pilar Pilar
strong-minded female leader of a group of guerrillas in the Spanish Civil War. [Am. Lit.: Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls]
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Pilar Aquino builds on this concept by describing lo cotidiano as those "daily struggles for humanization Humanization
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Mentioned in: Alemtuzumab , for a better quality of life, and for greater social justice" that give Christian faith meaning for so many of us.
Living in the ordinary through ordinary time makes social justice a spiritual discipline that can bring us to a new awareness of how God is above us, beneath us, and beside us.
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
I teach an undergraduate theology course in which we talk about God and the Christian life in "organic" vs. "conventional" terms. Organic theology grows from the good earth God created, the good earth Wisdom sings about in Proverbs 8.
Asking faith questions using an organic approach is about wondering. If you are a plant, what kind of soil are you growing in? What is the soil pH? Are you getting the right balance of sunlight, shade, and water? If you are a house, from what materials are you made? On what kind of foundation are you built? In what kind of neighborhood do you live?
Through "lo cotidiano" (sacred ordinariness), our consciousnesses expand in the way the yeast leavens the flour, the salt opens up the flavors of food, and the lamp's light illuminates the house. We can also trace the metaphors of plant and house back to Jesus" parables. These parables are organic because they point to the parts of life that are "unplugged," where we're required to live in the everyday with a sense of connection that relies on the Holy Spirit, rather than DSL DSL
in full Digital Subscriber Line
Broadband digital communications connection that operates over standard copper telephone wires. It requires a DSL modem, which splits transmissions into two frequency bands: the lower frequencies for voice (ordinary , to give us insight and open hearts that can receive God's wisdom Noun 1. God's Wisdom - the omniscience of a divine being
omniscience - the state of being omniscient; having infinite knowledge .
In the context of Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday, first Sunday after Pentecost, observed as a feast of the Trinity. It was an innovation in medieval England and spread through the Western Church in the 14th cent. The Sundays until Advent are counted from either Pentecost or Trinity. , a day when we pay special attention to the mysteries of God's being and work in the world, taking a look at the Christian life with organic eyes allows us to revisit Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, recognizing the freedom Jesus offers us to be moved by ordinary things.
Jesus wasn't born at the top of the Empire State Building. He and his disciples didn't drive in SUVs to a state of-the-art retreat facility in Sedona to meditate med·i·tate
v. med·i·tat·ed, med·i·tat·ing, med·i·tates
1. To reflect on; contemplate.
2. To plan in the mind; intend: meditated a visit to her daughter. before his arrest. Jesus wasn't resurrected on a spotlit Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. stage. These historical moments that continue to give our lives shape, form, and meaning happened with the scent of cow manure in the air, in a moonlit moon·lit
Lighted by moonlight.
illuminated by the moon
Adj. 1. garden, and on the outskirts of town amid hand-hewn stone.
New Life for a Broken System?
1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17
A Physician in my community observed that we can only say the health care system isn't working if we're looking at it as a system that is supposed to provide health care. The system is running perfectly well if its job is to make profits for shareholders. But from a Christian perspective, health care is deathly death·ly
1. Of, resembling, or characteristic of death: a deathly silence.
2. Causing death; fatal.
1. In the manner of death.
2. ill; the very system that should make us well refuses to accept its own diagnosis.
Jesus' healing ministry is central to the gospel reading this week. Luke, himself a physician, tells us that the witnesses to Jesus" act of raising a dead man interpret it as prophetic (Luke 7:16). It's also an act of compassion toward the dead man's mother. There is something analogous to the U.S. health care crisis in this story.
In this day and age, we associate the ministry of healing with the health care profession. But with the professionalization pro·fes·sion·al·ize
tr.v. pro·fes·sion·al·ized, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·ing, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·es
To make professional.
pro·fes of health care, I wonder what might be missing from our interpretation of Jesus" work in the world. What might happen if we pray for the Spirit to ignite our imaginations and fill us with passion to speak God's truth to corporate power, for us to embrace the prophetic challenge to breathe new life into a dying--if not already dead--body? Making connections between daily work in the health care field and Christian faith is one way to talk honestly about a big problem. Jesus expects us to care about sick and dying people.
2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:10, 13-15; Psalm 32; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3
This week's Hebrew Testament reading is one of my favorites, though my appreciation of this story is marked by schadenfreude, a German term that describes the satisfaction and joy we take in another's failure.
I was drawn to Nathan's fable when I was younger because its allegory is so obvious and David is completely unable to recognize himself. Plus, the revelatory moment is so intense: Nathan's proclamation of judgment and pointed questions strip away any defense David may David May may refer to:
With a bit more life experience and maturity, I don't feel quite so much schadenfreude when I read the story. Rather, I find Nathan's boldness to be a precursor to Jesus' parable in Luke. On the face of it, David is like the debtor owing 500 denarii DENARII. An ancient general term for any sort of pecunia numerata, or ready money. The French use the word denier in the same sense: payer de ses propres deniers. (Luke 7:41). We need to allow God to forgive him with as much extravagance as is needed.
David's response to Nathan's story tells us that he can identify exploitation and injustice when he sees it. The tragedy is that he couldn't see it in himself. In what ways are we like David in how we use another's vulnerability to our advantage? For example, how does a choice to overlook the working conditions of laborers when going bargain-hunting on payday manifest schadenfreude? My aim is not to point fingers, but to recognize how subtle the consequences are of many of our choices.
How is the Spirit urging us to think about the patterns we create through daily living?
Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:19-28; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39
The Bible is filled with stories of regular people who end up in extraordinary circumstances. Have you ever been so filled with demonic spirits that you lived in a cave? That's extraordinary. Yet, in our gospel reading, Luke tells us that the man in this situation had grown accustomed to his life even in all his misery and pain. Even more interesting is that his community also had grown used to his extraordinary situation.
Seeing this man's spirit and body returned to him, the townspeople feared Jesus" might and power (Luke 8:37). But they also may have feared something else: Someone they had relegated to the margins of community now was ready to be reintegrated into their common life. What would happen now?
In most communities, we tend to both underestimate and ignore the power of group dynamics group dynamics: see group psychotherapy. . If we are able to recognize that negative things happen when Jill and Jane are on the same committee or when Joe and Jack end up in the same Sunday school Sunday school, institution for instruction in religion and morals, usually conducted in churches as part of the church organization but sometimes maintained by other religious or philanthropic bodies.
In England during the 18th cent. class, we tend to cultivate coping strategies The German Freudian psychoanalyst Karen Horney defined four so-called coping strategies to define interpersonal relations, one describing psychologically healthy individuals, the others describing neurotic states. . What is the alternative? Confronting problematic or even offensive behavior. But that can be just as destructive, so we end up doing what we need to do to live and let live without paying attention Noun 1. paying attention - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
attentiveness, heed, regard to how evil takes hold in small moments of indifference.
This posture of avoidance (one I frequently seek) reminds me of Martin Niemoeller's poetic and heartbreaking confession. During the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, he didn't speak up when they came for his neighbors because they were Jews or communists. His failure to speak up meant that when he needed a neighbor, there was no one left to speak up for him. The failure to recognize extreme and extraordinary circumstances closes us off to the incremental nature of evil.
The restoration of the man from Gerasenes also points to the community's failure and the community's need for healing. This is the gift of lo cotidiano. When we take everyday choices seriously and pay attention to what our choices mean, we are more open to the Spirit because we are guarding against indifference, avoidance, and injustice.
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Malinda Elizabeth Berry is a dissertation fellow at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.