Making America Great Again

Jess theses statement in LukeKey words for the Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Moloch equaling both salt and messenger, angel, and king

Tephel and table meaning tasteless and then seasoned. Table also means the world in the sense of cosmos

Oar and Yir sound like “Oar.” Oar means light, and Yir means city. Aorechem means to shine and is in the second person plural.”Are” means mountain or hill.

The lamp, candle, is a single light. It is placed on a menorah. One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple. The menorah is a symbol of the nation of Israel and its mission to be “a light unto the nations.” “Behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and its seven lamps thereon; there are seven pipes, seven, to the lamps, which are upon the top thereof. ‘This is the word of the NAME unto Zerubbabel, saying: Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, says the NAME of the procession of the sky.” Zechariah 4:1-6

menorahEphah means both a dry measure of about two gallons, or character, disposition, or temper.

Perversion come from, “per- “away” and vertere “to turn.” The Hebrew traces its lineage from a word meaning simply, bent.

A Cash means crooked, and from this, perverted in the sense of obstinate, stubborn, intransigent, wilful, hardheaded.

If Jesus said the Sermon on the Mount in Aramaic, here is how he may have said it:

“You are the salt or messenger of the table.But if messenger becomes teffel, with what can it be become table? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the Oar of the Olam. An Yir set on an Are cannot be Histor. Nor do they Oar a Nar and then put it under an Ephah; it is set on a me-nor-ah, where it gives Are to all in the house. Just so, your Oar must be Oar before others, that they may see your beautiful deeds and hold as weighty your heavenly Father.” Gospel for Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Isaiah 59:9 “Justice is far from us, neither does Tsaddik/charity/justice overtake us; we look for light, but behold darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

Looks like the campaign theme from one of our presidential candidates last year. His solution to our problems is to make more nuclear weapons, slash funding for the poor, in particular those who speak funny, look funny, think differently, and the resident alien. We must remove the resident alien from out of our midst so we can take his job. The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time speak to him and to those voting for him.

You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely listen to their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans. Exodus 22:20-23

Isaiah goes on and tells us in Isaiah 59, “the NAME”S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear; your perversions have separated you from your God, and your deviations have hid His face from you, that He will not hear. Your hands are made common with blood, and your fingers with perversions; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue muttered perversion. Your feet run to rot, and you make haste to shed innocent blood; your thoughts are thoughts of perversion, desolation and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace you know not, and there is no right in your goings; you have made them crooked/A Cash/hardheaded paths, whosoever goes therein doth not know peace.

scalesIf you remove from yourselves the balances, the sending out of the finger and the perverted/bent word; if you draw out/produce, to the starving, your soul, soul afflicted satisfy; then will arise in the darkness, your light, and the gloom shall become for you like midday. First Reading for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Hardheartedness brings intolerance. Intolerance brings oppression. Oppression brings violence, and violence brings the blood, the lies we use to justify this behavior, perversion, rot, desolation and destruction God hates.

The reading does not speak of a simple giving of food to the poor. It speaks of sending out in the sense of producing our souls to the poor. It means becoming personally involved. Giving to charitable causes is nice. Sending out our hearts, means sending out our bodies also. It means seeing ourselves in these people. It means sending out our hearts to them. Sending out our souls as the original reading dictates means learning about the poor, caring for the poor, and from this caring, making sure the poor have all they need.

There is no room for sending out the finger, “They must have done something to deserve their poverty, so I can wash my hands of the problem.” Our passage makes clear what our nation must do so our light can shine to the whole world, and it is the exact opposite of what we voted for in the last election. It is dropping the excuses, and striving to be one nation, helping each other be all we can be.

There are two paths, one of life and one of death and the difference is great between the two paths. Now the path of life is this — first, love the God who made you, your neighbor as yourself, and not all things that you would not have done unto you, do unto another. Didache


As Catholics, we must be the messengers/salt to the world. Giving the current 1.5% of our income to charity is no longer acceptable. Having 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its prison population is no longer acceptable. I the NAME called you in Tsaddik/charity/justice, and have taken hold of your hand, and kept you, and set you for a Brit of the people, for a light of the nations. To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

St. Francis and the leperThere is no longer room for being A Cash/hardheaded. We remember; God found Pharaoh wanting. His disease was Sclerosis of the Heart/Hardened Hart. Hard-hearted is bad. Softhearted, sending out our hearts is good. The two ways before us are being succulent seasoned meat, soft/pliable/nutritious, a light, and on the contrary, being stubborn. Be like Jesus with the Samaritan woman in John, always looking for common ground, not compromising who we are, always being kind, giving unconditional love, but also sticking to our principles.

God calls us to be the messengers. He calls us to be like salt, messengers who add succulent flavor to the world. The Hebrew word for Gospel, Bashar, also means a succulent, tasty, cut of meat. Jesus then tells us of how we are to be the light of the world. We are the light of God’s seasoned world.

Jesus then speaks of a lamp, a single light. We do not put it under an Ephah, a measure. Isaiah also demands that we not send out the balances. That is God’s job. To give light means to love unconditionally. Our job is to make sure all have sufficient for their needs, regardless of what they may have done, or might do in the future. Our job is to become like a menorah, not one light, but a community of lights reaching out into the world to bring Tikkun/Healing.

beautiful-fruitLook to the policies of the politicians we elect. Ask, do they bring life, or do they bring death? “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits, you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Every beautiful tree bears beautiful fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A beautiful tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear beautiful fruit. Every tree that not bearing beautiful fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. By their fruits, you will know them. Matthew 5:15-20

Where and when is the Kingdom of God

Jess theses statement in LukeWhere and when is the kingdom of God? It is where and when God is in charge and everyone else is equal, allowed to pursue Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, where this pursuit implies a reasonable chance of success.

Matthew 25:31-46 is the Address to the Nations. It is not to individuals, but to nations, people who are born together by a common heritage, if not by blood or place of birth. In that passage, Jesus says God will separate the sheep from the goats. What separates sheep from goats?

“Those who did not communicate of their own possessions to them that were in need should be punished, not merely by the loss of blessings, but by being also sent to hell-fire. What just reason can there be in this? They that have done well shall enjoy those good things that are in heaven, but they, who, though they have no evil to be charged with, yet have omitted to do well, will be hurried away with them that have done evil into hell-fire. St. John of Chrysostom, Homily 16, Ephesians 4: 31-32

goatGoats are guilty of nothing, but they fall short of God’s kingdom. They don’t violate God’s will, but they do not follow it either. Goats are natural browsers, preferring to eat leaves, twigs, vines, and shrubs. Goats like to eat the tops of plants. Sheep are grazers, preferring to eat short, tender grasses and clover. Their dietary preference is broadleaf weeds. Goats are naturally curious and independent. Sheep have a stronger flocking instinct and become very agitated if separated from the rest of the flock.”

Sheep are communal and share. Goats do not share. St. John tells us that grazing, getting our own is not enough. The Kingdom of God, the Christian Nation, is one where we make sure all get their fair share. If we do not make sure the hungry are fed, clothed, housed, provided healthcare, and transportation, ours is not a Christian Nation, and God will judge us.

The sheep of his flock“The advent of the Son comes alike to all but is for the purpose of judging and separating the believing from the unbelieving. Those who believe do His will agreeably…” St. Irenaeus, “Against Heresies Book 5: Chapter 27.

Seek the NAME, all you humble of the earth, who name what is upon his lips; seek Tsaddik, seek humility; perhaps you may be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger. First Reading for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“It is not those who hear Torah who are Tsaddik in the sight of God; rather, those who make Torah will be Hit Tsaddik. When the Ethnics who do not have Torah by nature make the prescriptions of Torah, they are a Torah for themselves even though they do not have Torah.  They show that the demands of Torah are written in their hearts.” Romans 2:13-15

Tsaddik means both charity and justice. Hit Tsaddik is a reflexive form of Tsaddik. It means to be made charitable, or just. It is not those who hear Torah on Sunday or are made charitable. It is those doing charity/justice if they come to Mass or not.

Zephaniah in the original Hebrew translates, “The remnant of those who struggle with God will not make perversion.” What is a perversion? The words come from, “per- “away” and vertere “to turn.” The Hebrew, ַוְלָה traces its lineage from a word meaning simply, bent.

Four CausesPerversion comes from Eternal Law, and Divine Law, the Aristotelean notion that all is becoming what it already is. Eternal Law tells us that we must help everything become what it already is. Sitting on the sideline and watching as the sheep devour the field and then allowing them to starve is perversion. When he sees overgrazing, the good shepherd moves the sheep to another field. When a Christian nation sees people starving, they help them find their calling, their profession, and the way God wants them to profess who they are. When we see overgrazing, people starving, as a nation, we help them find the food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and transportation they need.

Natural Law is Eternal Law when applied to humans. Our world has four causes. The Formal Cause is the form within us that makes us human. God made us in his image, and that makes us living, thinking, caring beings. The Efficient Cause is the Spirit of God within us. The Material Cause is our bodies. The Final Cause is God, our final end. To try to make humans something they are not perverts their formal cause and this is evil.

“Go where the jobs are,” is our motto, and if the person does not fit the job, make the square peg fit the round hole. This is perversion. Average teachers complain that students don’t learn the way we teach. Excellent teachers say that they teach the way students learn. The first group does not look to the Formal Cause within the student. They violate Natural Law to make students, the round pegs, fit into square holes. Excellent teachers, look to find the Formal Cause within students. They keep the Natural Law. Leaders (Public and in private enterprise) are teachers in a different label. They teach people what they need to do to get adequate food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and transportation.

Pope Francis UNThe Hebrew Shema, Jesus’ Great Commandment, is “Hear Israel, God is Almighty, God is One. You will have loved God with all of your hearts, (In Hebrew “hearts” is plural, and “your” is singular) with all of your animate being, and with all of your measure.” Why is “Hearts,” plural? As Freud said, we each have multiple inclinations, which of themselves are neither good nor bad. When these instincts are misdirected, perverted, the person is sick. In Hebrew and Greek, one of the words for evil simply means to be sick. The person is perverted from his natural course. Natural Law demands that we help all people become who they are as children of God.

The Hebrew word, “Ray Oh,” means a sheep, the shepherd, and a friend. There is no deceit/fraud in their mouths. Grass covers the entire field. There is plenty for all. There is no need to bend others, to turn others from their full development. All are Tsaddik, charitable, and humble, free from the need for pride. The kingdom of heaven is any place where all strive to help each other become all they can be. In the kingdom of heaven, all have plenty of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, healthcare, and the like because all strive to replace the discrepancy when they do not. This is not some world in the future, or some ethereal place.  It can be in the here and now, if we strive to make it that way. If not, God has some nasty plans for the goats.

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: What would happen if they threw a war and nobody showed up?

What would happen if they threw a war and nobody showed up? That was the great question of the late ‘60s.

what-if-they-gave-a-war“Jesus went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel/succulent meat of the kingdom/basilica, and curing every disease and illness among the people.”

“As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He told them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once, they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. He went around all of Galilee. He was teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.” Gospel for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Psalm 118 is the last Psalm of the Hallel, the Great Psalm recited at Passover. “Better to take refuge in the NAME than to put one’s trust in mortals. Better to take refuge in the NAME than to put one’s trust in princes.” Psalm 146:3-4 “Put no trust in princes, in children of Adam powerless to save. Who breathing his last, returns to the earth; that day all his planning comes to nothing.” Psalm 33:16-17, “A king is not saved by a great army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength. Useless is the horse for safety; despite its great strength, it cannot be saved.”

Jess theses statement in Luke“Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Matthew 22:17-21

Give Caesar all the metal with his image on it. Do not be co-dependent. Do not accept or use anything with his stamp on it. When the Roman ruler gives commands, ignore them. If he throws a war, refuse to participate. If he forms a work party to build roads and bridges, go to your farming. Do not trust the king, his princes, the House and Senate, or his nobles, his supporters in private enterprise. Form your own corporations. Do not make them businesses, places for a hierarchy (Greek for high priest) to pay people to be busy. There is only one high priest and that is Jesus Christ. That is what St. Paul tells us in our Second reading. Make them places where all men are created equal, having a say in how they live their lives.

God is the only king. Everyone else is equal. We have a profession. How we live our lives is how we profess our faith. We have a vocation, calling from God. The kingdom of God is at hand if we want it to be. First, it means casting off the other kings, princes, and nobles. What would happen if they threw a war and nobody showed up? That is the goal. If we try violently to overthrow the current kings, princes, and nobles, we are throwing a war, and we are showing up. The goal is not to show up.

The kingdom is not the king, and it is not his princes. What is the kingdom? So, where is the kingdom of heaven? How shall we know it? Greek Rhetoric has something called Chiasmus.

John the BaptistBlessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of Tsaddik, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be (the) comforted (children of God.)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. (in the land)

Blessed are those hungering and thirsting for righteousness/Tsaddik/Justice/Charity. They will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. In Hebrew, Justice and Mercy are sister concepts.

The Ten WordsThe NAME, our God, cut a Brit with us at Horeb; not with our fathers did the NAME cut this Brit, but with us, all of us, alive, here, this day. (Remember) I am the NAME your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt/oppression, out of the house of menial labor.

Remember that you too were once menial laborers in the land of Egypt/oppression, and the NAME, your God, brought you out from there with a strong hand and outstretched arm.

Remember, when the Hebrews left Egypt, they committed no violence against Pharaoh or the Egyptians. God gave Ten Plagues; the Hebrew people did nothing but left. They followed Jesus’ advice, given millennia later. Give Pharaoh all of what belonged to Pharaoh, except some gold and silver, which they later used to make a golden calf. Give all that stuff to Pharaoh, and simply leave. Let us form our own society where all are created and treated equal.

Remember what it was like to be oppressed. Then remember your rescue. When you see others suffering, let it bring back the bad memory, and then remember God rescued you. You are strong now. The bully’s attack on the less fortunate is an attack upon you. Get involved. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who remember what it was like to be on the receiving end. Blessed are the persecuted for the sake of Tsaddik, charity/justice. We stand together. This standing together is the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom is here when we stand up for the outcast, the bullied of the world. The Latins have a word, natio- from which we receive our word, nation. It is a people born together. The Hebrew is “AM.” “AM” also means mother. A nation is a people with a common mother, our Blessed Virgin. For Americans, it is the lady in the harbor.

statue-of-liberty-2Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

These are the words of a Russian immigrant Jewish girl. The nation is the nation of immigrants who came from other there to over here for the same reason God rescued the Hebrews from Egypt, to escape oppression.

The kingdom of heaven, the Christian nation, is not a political event. The kingdom of heaven is whenever people come together to escape oppression. Imagine a nation where everyone was so busy remembering their rescue that they did not have time to take the name of their rescuer as anything less than the person who personally rescued them from oppression. “Not with our fathers did the NAME cut this Brit, but with us, all of us, alive, here, this day.” He did not rescue ancestors alive in the time of Thomas Jefferson, Madison, and the rest. He rescues us. We are the ones not living in those terrible times. He rescued us. Remember your rescue.

Imagine a nation where everyone was so busy remembering their rescue they did not have time to attribute their rescue to anyone other than the one rescuing them, God. Imagine a nation who took one whole day off each week to remember that rescue, reflecting on what it means to be a rescued people. Then imagine them listening to the stories of that rescue from their parents. Then think of how they would be so busy doing these things, they would not have time to even think about hurting others, taking their stuff, saying bad things about them, doing anything to break up their marital bonds, remembering they are the bride of Christ, so remembering their marital bonds reflect God’s marital bonds with us. This nation is the kingdom of heaven.

Sockeye, aren't they just gorgeous fish  Christina CookGod and Moses designed the kingdom of heaven to be utopian. Now, look at Moses’ two main helpers. Aaron, the Cohen, official, and Jesus Ben Nun. “Nun,” is a Hebrew word, meaning fish. Jesus Ben-Nun, Jesus Son of the Fish, then goes out and grabs four fishermen. It is no co-incidence that he picks fishermen. The son of the fish picks fishermen as his followers. First, they throw out nets, and then they repair them. Jesus Ben-Nun, following Moses, following God, picks fishermen to cast out, apostle, fishermen, and then he repairs them. Matthew only tells us that Jesus went into synagogues, Greek for leading together places, for the purpose of proclaiming the kingdom and healing. The kingdom is about this gathering of people and this healing. It is not about violence. It is not about kings, princes, or nobles. It is about holding these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and where Pursuit of Happiness presupposes a reasonable chance of success.

If your nation does not have this, it is not a Christian Nation. If you want the kingdom of God to be among you, then go out of your way to create it.

Emerson teaches us the meaning of the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

emersonHow we glow over these novels of passion, when the story is told with any spark of truth and nature! What fastens attention, in the intercourse of life, like any passage betraying affection between two parties? Perhaps we never saw them before, and never shall meet them again. We see them exchange a glance, or betray a deep emotion, and we are no longer strangers. We understand them and take the warmest interest in the development of the romance. All mankind love a lover. Emerson Essays: First Series (1841): Love

Judaism has a tradition of never saying the personal name of God. When the Bible mentions that name, the Jewish community generally replaces it with either “LORD,” or another title. The problem with this process is that “Lord,” also appears in the Bible resulting in the reader not knowing if “LORD,” refers to the personal name of God, or the title, “Lord.” This post uses, “NAME,” because it does not fit and therefore will flag you the reader that the reference is to the personal name of God. Our translations show this by capitalizing “LORD”, for God’s name and using “Lord,” for the title.

The First reading for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time used in the Catholic liturgy tells us, The NAME has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made important in the sight of the NAME, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, the NAME says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. The Hebrew word for Salvation is Joshua, which translates into the Greek as Jesus.

Jess theses statement in Luke

Emerson was right. The whole world loves a lover. As Christians and as Catholics, we are supposed to be lovers.All too often, we find ourselves complaining that the world does not love us. Why? Do we always show the world Christ’s love which indwells within us?

This love is what is supposed to separate us as Catholics and as Christians from the radicalized Muslims, the fascists, the communists, and “the others.” In our Christian faith, we refer to S.P.I.C.E. Spiritually is the sharing of life between bride and groom through praying together and meditation. Christian love includes Physical closeness with plenty of hugs, kisses, holding hands, and snuggling. Agape also includes Intellectual stimulations, the need to bounce ideas off one another. We need to be Communicative/Creative, and to Express feelings, desires, and joke together. Our love is the spice of life. It is the love that allows Emerson to speak of how all the world loves a lover.

The key words are “Hitthkaddish,” and “Adore.” “The celebration of Mass… is found the high point both of the action by which God sanctifies (Hithkaddish) the world in Christ and of the worship or making worthy that the human race offers to the Father, adoring him through Christ, the Son of God, in the Holy Spirit,” according to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.


As presented in earlier posts, “Kiddushin,” refers to marriage language. “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was Kiddushin to Joseph, but before they were Nassau, she was found with child through the Divine Breath.” We are sanctified when we act like we are in Kiddusin marriage, when we are still courting as we move to full marriage, when we work on S.P.I.C.E. or that Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Expressive side of our relationships.

The “Hith” prefix in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal denotes a Hitpaal construction. In this construction, verbs are in the active voice, intransitive. Most have a reflexive sense and are reciprocal.

Bride and Groom, Blood of Christ for the Bride of Christ

We can hopefully start to see how sanctification, being sanctified, in the Hebrew, “Hitthkaddish,” and adoration are very much alike. Sanctification is not religious mumbo-jumbo. It is not just an outward sign, the visible pointing to a fuzzy invisible. It is action moving to contemplation, from this present world to heaven, that city yet to come. It is not people, who may or may not be like us, learning to live together. It is people, who may or may not be like us, coming to love one another because they adore the one true father who is the father to us all.

If this is a marriage, who is the mother. More importantly, who are the children? In our Catholic tradition, our mother is the Blessed Virgin. We learn from Revelation 12 who the children are.

The Sea Serpent became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s Mitzvah and bear witness to Jesus. Revelation 12:17

The woman is the Blessed Virgin. That is why Revelation 12:5 says, “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.Her child was caught up to God and his throne.”  That is why Revelation 12:13 tells us, “When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.”

Dragon is Greek for a water serpent. Rome was considered to be a sea power in the first century. Mary was the person who gave birth to the male child, Jesus. Getting caught up to heaven refers to Jesus’ Passion and Ressurection.

Revelation 12:14 clearly refers to Joseph and Mary’s flight to Egypt. John of Revelation appeals to a tradition, based on Matthew, that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph stayed in Egypt for three and a half years.

If we are her children, the children of the Bride of Christ, we keep God’s Mitzvah and bear witness to Jesus.

God’s Mitzvah is that we love one another. John 13:34

This relationship is supposed to start in our liturgy. In the liturgy, there is a table with wine, a meal, flowers and generally incense. This is supposed to be a romantic dinner with the groom, Jesus, and the Bride of Christ, us. The readings are the Bride and Groom conversing, one with the other, as are the prayers. The Psalms are the songs the troubadours sing to the Bride and groom.

The liturgy, “through which the work of our redemption is accomplished,” most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.” That is liturgy’s purpose. We show love for each other, and through this love, God’s love for the world. How can we possibly love each other if we fail to help each other be all we can be. How can we love each other if we allow each other to go hungry, without adequate food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, education, or transportation? Emerson, unknowingly I am sure, gave us our simplest and yet surest test for knowing if we are doing God’s will. If we are going to be a light to the nations…

He begins, “All Mankind loves a lover.” Emerson’s essay then presents the demonstrations of complacency and kindness. Then he shows us his picture, first an immature schoolboy who teases the girls, and then the maturing boy who gives one he picks out as his favorite, flowers. He tells us that all the world loves the lover.



Through the church’s history and development of the theology of the Mass and scriptural interpretation, several academic works detail what is actually going on in the Mass.

Words of Institution 3Here are some of these.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal Chapter 1 Section 16 tells us, In the celebration of Mass… is found the high point both of the action by which God sanctifies (Hithkaddish) the world in Christ and of the worship (Making worthy) that the human race offers to the Father. We adore him through Christ, the Son of God, in the Holy Spirit. In it, moreover, during the course of the year, the mysteries of redemption celebrated to be in some way made present. As to the other sacred actions and all the activities of the Christian life, these are bound up with it, flow from it, and are ordered to it.

The Mass dedicates us, brings us into a marital relationship with God and each other. We need to notice how what we do after Mass flows from what we do during Mass. They know we are Christians by our love for each other, for them, and the rest of humanity.

The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy tells us, The liturgy, “through which the work of our redemption is accomplished,” most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. It is of the essence of the Church that she be both human and divine, visible and yet invisibly equipped, eager to act and yet intent on contemplation, present in this world and yet not at home in it.

The Hebrew word for this redemption is Goel, Gill, as in my last name. In the Book of Ruth, Boaz is Ruth’s Goel. He marries her and in the process saves her. The liturgy does the same for us. Through the marriage feast which is the Mass, we express to the world that we are a loving community that invites everyone. As we go out into the world, we have the invisible Christ in us which we received in Communion. Communion brings a balance of contemplation and action.

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Chapter 5, Section Section 304, Out of reverence for the celebration of the memorial of the Lord and for the banquet in which the Body and Blood of the Lord are offered, there should be, on an altar where this is celebrated, at least one cloth, white in color, whose shape, size and decoration are in keeping with the altar’s structure.

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was Kiddushin to Joseph, but before they were Nassau, she was found with child through the Divine Breath. Joseph her husband, since he was a Tsaddik, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the Moloch of the NAME appeared to him in a dream, “Joseph, Ben David/Beloved, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. It is through the Divine Breath that this child has been conceived in her.”

Matthew 1: 18-20 is our Gospel lesson for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.Notice how Matthew presents her relationship with Joseph as being Kiddushin or Holy Marriage. He then tells us that it is through the Holy Spirit that Mary conceives Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the Kiddushin Spirit, a spirit that points to our being Mary’s children and siblings of the entire human race.


You are the One Tin Solder of the Desiderata and of Epiphany

Jess theses statement in LukeThe Cohen/official is not someone who died two plus millennia ago. Times are dark and gloomy. “Upon you, the NAME shines and over you appears his weight. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you.” The sacrament calls us to be happy people with happy leaders. We complain about how our nation has a lack of leaders. In our recent election, we did, in fact, elect a distorted cross between Nero and Caligula. There is plenty of room for doom and gloom.

Back in the ‘60s we had a song, “One Tin Soldier.” It went something like “Listen people to a story that was written long ago, ’bout a kingdom on a mountain and the valley folks below. On the mountain was a treasure hidden deep beneath a stone, and the valley people swore they’d have it for their very own.

one-tin-solder“Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of heaven, You can justify it in the end. there won’t be any trumpets blowing, come the judgment day, on the bloody morning after One tin soldier rides away.

“Now the valley cried with anger, ‘Mount your horses, draw your swords and they killed the mountain people, So they won their just rewards Now they stood before the treasure on the mountain dark and red turned the stone and looked beneath it peace on earth, was all it said.”

It does say a bit more to us Christians. “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. one-tin-solderKeep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world, is full of trickery. Let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. Do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of God, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. Whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

The mystery was made known to me by revelation. It was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed to his dedicated apostles and Navy by the Spirit: that the crowds are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. We have elected a version of Nero mixed with Caligula for president. Times are dark. The world is a sham full of drudgery and broken dreams. Still, we must keep our focus. The valley folk below are after our wealth, but our wealth is, or at least ought to be offered to the world free. Our wealth is Jesus Christ, and we need to Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, we need to be on good terms with all persons. We need offer our prize placidly. St. Francis, the Patron Saint of our Franciscans also taught us to go placidly, to preach the gospel, and if necessary to use words.

doveRemember, our Gospel for the Feast of the Epiphany is the story of the wise men. They come to Jerusalem and meet the conservative politicians of their time. They meet the king, the president of their time. He sends them off to find his replacement. It would not take an Einstein to figure out where they are in the pecking order of things.

There are many like us, liberals, who search for the truth. We look in natural law, the laws of science, the ways things are, and from that search to find the eternal truths of God. We know that the conservatives start with dogma, and then strive to make reality meet those truths. We know they put themselves in the position of God, deciding what will be true and what will not be true. We listen to the Desiderata’s truth and that of the Gospel, “Many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.” “I have been most zealous for the NAME, the God of the procession of heaven, but the Israelites have forsaken your Brit. They have destroyed your altars and murdered your prophets by the sword. I alone remain, and they seek to take my life.” “I will spare seven thousand in Israel—every knee that has not bent to Baal, every mouth that has not kissed him.” Elijah thinks he is the only one, but there are seven thousand others.

They listen to the advice of the Desiderata. ‘Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. Let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love.” They know of Herod’s trickery. They also know about the trickery of Herod’s prophets, the Pharisees. Let us also listen to their trickery. Jesus is found in the House of Bread in the country of Judah/Eucharist and is found in a feeding trough. He is found in the Mass.

Be a Ripple  They also know of the virtues of the shepherds, in the humility of Mary and Joseph who go placidly amidst all of the petty politics, or the princes and of the nobles/the business owners. They find the beauty of the world in the infant Jesus in a feeding trough. There are many of us. The task at hand is to assemble, to go placidly, and to bring our reward to the world. There is no room for saying there are no leaders. Be the leader. Be the ripple in the world. Find the twenty-year-olds of the world, develop them in our colleges and universities to be the seven thousand, the future political, economic, and religious leaders. Then go out to heal and transform the world.