New life, free of the power of evil and death, came through Jesus, the one who was both God and man. Yet the reading from Revelation tells us that this man was born of a woman. This vision of Mary in Revelations recalls Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to a poor Mexican peasant “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars” — and with the dark beauty of a peasant woman. This triumphant Mary is the bridge between fallen humanity and the new life of humanity in Christ.Read More
About the Blog
Each week, I will write about the Bible and what its ancient truths might have to say to us today. The Bible’s truths are not like those in a news article that reports the facts of the day; they are timeless truths about the human being in relationship to God. The stories of the Bible form a kind of template, or pattern, that, when studied with humility and reverence, reveal glimpses of the dynamics of the kingdom of God. For example, the story of the Exodus was read by blacks enslaved in the American South as proof that God intended them to live in freedom from bondage, in covenant relationship with God. The Christian church sees baptism as a type of Exodus that frees people from bondage to sin and death, in the new covenant of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.
Also like my book, the blog will follow the traditional seasons of the church year, as recorded in the liturgical calendar as shared by many Christian denominations. Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost: when lived consciously, each season illuminates different themes from the Bible, bringing us, through gentle repetition, into a rhythm of life that brings us closer and closer to God.
At the end of each blog post is a form that invites your written response. It is my wish to create a safe space for your reflection and wondering, in company with other women on the Way.