Thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:8) The psalmist makes a very singular statement here. Or, to put it another way, he doesn't make a plural statement. In the context of Jewish religion during the times of King David, Solomon's Temple or the Babylonian Exile we might expect him to talk about the laws, … Continue reading Dharma & Psalm
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matthew, 19:17) My mother's sons turned their anger on me, They made me look after the vineyards. My own vineyard I had not looked after! (Song of Solomon, 1:6) The purpose of Our Lord's mission is that we may have life more abundantly. One of … Continue reading What is the Point of Virtue?
His disciples came to Him, Saying, This is a desert place, And the time is now past (Matthew 14:15) Turn our sorrow into joy, That we may live, O Lord, And praise thy name (Esther 13:17) To be in a desert place is to be without resources to draw upon. Neither within, … Continue reading The Time is Now Past
Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man’s heart. (Psalm 104:15-16 RSV) At a literal level this is clearly … Continue reading Wine to Gladden the Heart.
Anyone who has had the great patience, or the great misfortune, to have read as many as half-a-dozen or so of my posts on this blog or its predecessor, Catholic Scot, might think that I have an obsession with the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation. Personally I prefer to think that I am possessed by, … Continue reading The Spirit of Antichrist
There is a tendency within Christianity which argues that the primary purpose of Jesus' mission was to affirm the marginalised and the excluded. Such a narrative does not fully account for the appeal which He had to wealthy and/or influential people like Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward, Joseph of Arimathea, the Sanhedrin member, or … Continue reading Jesus & the Marginalised: A Case Study
Plotinus, a Neoplatonist philosopher, spoke for many different religious and philosophical belief systems when he described the vocation of the mystic as- 'The flight of the alone to the Alone.' By which is meant the journey of an individual, particularly the spirit or mind (broadly defined) of that individual, towards God or the universal ground … Continue reading Christian Mysticism & the Incarnation