In the late 70s, two friends of mine housesat for the poet James Merrill—and got out his Ouija board.
Season after Pentecost | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; (Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-9 or Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 - 8:1;) James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38
James reminds us of the duplicity of language, like a matchstick dropped by singed fingers that leaves behind charred acres. The deception of language is that we believe it is innocent.
The Bible's images for God must be taken in an analogical sense. Yet the Bible exhibits no anxiety about using them.
For there to be a heresy about the cross, there would have to be an orthodoxy about it. Michael Gorman argues that contentions over how Jesus saves lead to an inadequate grasp of what the Passion means and does.
reviewed by S. Mark Heim March 10, 2015
Peter assumes that the Messiah will bring God’s wrath down upon God’s enemies. But what we see and hear as God’s wrath is actually God’s love in pain when witnessing our wrath heaped upon each other.