Image from malacandra at Daily Kos.
In late 2007, my friend and Chicago Sun-Times religion columnist, Cathleen Falsani, and her husband met an African AIDS orphan, Vasco, who needed medical care for a hole in his heart. Through her efforts and the donations of many he has arrived in Chicago for treatment. Read all about it here (and on the blog, Vasco’s Heart).
And watch this great video of his arrival in Chicago earlier this week.
It’s been 6 years. How time flys.
I’ve been busy with my German friends’ visit (they left yesteday), my Monday BH homeless meal volunteering and a new project for Get on the Bus which took me away most of the day, so I’ve had little time to think about anything serious. But, I did get this daily meditation from Fr. Richard Rohr (subscribe here) which I just loved and share with you.
If you accept that there was a Resurrection that will not necessarily lead to any active or transformative faith. (Of course God could raise up Jesus if he wanted to. Mere belief in miracles does not transform us.) But if you can trust that God would do the same for you, then you also will be changed, and you can begin to change the world. The Resurrection was not a miracle to prove that Jesus was in union with God, although it does have that effect. It is the revelation of how God does things in all of time!
Just saying “Wow!” about Jesus being raised from the dead, does nothing for God, for the world, or for you. It is the same excitement as a magic show. But if you can say “Wow!” about what can and is happening now, then the Mystery of Resurrection has moved into our space and our time—and all time. Resurrection is God’s job description, not a one time magic show.
Via Wonkette comes this “classy” new “vanity plate.” Jesus hanging on the cross with an orange behind him. Sweet!
My friend Cornelia, a regular and early reader of this blog, passed away peacefully on Friday after choosing palliative care over an uncertain to impossible treatment plan a few months ago. She was a strong, independent woman and I will miss her.
Rest in peace my dear friend.
“God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas.”