Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Lavender Fields Forever
Friday, July 29, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
1) The Hebrew name for Jesus is Yeshua, a name found 27 times in the Hebrew Bible, so we know exactly what his name was. (The name is accented on the second syllable: ye-SHU-a). Yeshua is short for Yehoshua (= Joshua), which means Yahweh is salvation. The first trace of the name is found in connection with Joshua, the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. Originally his name was Hoshea (Num. 13:8). The name Hoshea is derived from the hiphil stem of the Hebrew verb "yasha" [yod, shin, ayin] (BDB, 446; Gesenius, 435), which means "he saves, delivers." So the name Hoshea means "salvation" or "he saves, delivers." Moses changed his name to Hebrew "Yehoshua" [English: Joshua]:
Friday, July 22, 2011
The First Apostle, lover of Jesus, platonic or not, is celebrated today. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-chilton/mary-magdalene_b_898439.html
AOL/Huff Post took the occasion to publish an article on stuff that isn't the bible that people believed closer to when when Jesus was around. The bit of his Ascetic A-sexuality may be myth or not.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
"We have to get away from zero-sums and into win-wins" declared the head of J-Street, the Progressive Jewish organization based in DC with regard to the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.
By way of contrast, a Jewish friend in LA said "we don't negotiate with terrorists, we flatten them like a parking lot and start over." That is an understandable sentiment. We are after all in a war. However, is that the most productive strategy to eliminating the problem?
He noted that the Palestinians name streets after terrorists who sneak into people's houses and kill off babies.
Those people you can't negotiate with, he stressed. Fair enough.
But if you want to stop it you have to first understand why it is happening.
We are a generation removed from the time when the entire country was formed by moving into land owned and occupied by someone else. If that happened in this country no one would tolerate it for five seconds. Imagine if New York and New Jersey all of a sudden were told to all move to Maine or anywhere else who would have them because we have all decided that we need to move Florida and Georgia up to New York and New Jersey to accommodate all the Cubans who want to live here instead. What is New York and New Jersey going to do? Sit there or move and faaagetaboutit??
Eventually if everyone forces them to, they do move to Maine, and they try to make do, but some of them retain bitterness and resentment. They don't build up Maine, they spend a lifetime trying to get back into their homes in New York and New Jersey. They teach their children that this sort of indignity and injustice cannot go without some accountability and they teach their children that if its the last thing that they are going to do, they will make Florida and Georgia pay.
Now what. How to stop the genocide of New York and New Jersey and Kamokazzi fighting New Mainers?
The best revenge is living well. If Maine starts looking like the new paradise and its better in Maine then a lot of them will give up the ghost of the New York high life. It certainly won't be worth losing your life to die for the revenge if life in Maine is better.
So AID has to be looked at, as in USAID. Balancing development budgets has to be looked at.
And the psychology of revenge and retribution has to be examined and dealt with better.
What diffuses that?
Reparations? Expropriation remedies?
Then there is the fact that there is a particular part of New York that is sui generis and unlike any place in the world; Manhattan. Who gets Manhattan (Jerusalem.) Perhaps since the whole world trades with Manattan the whole world should get a say about who controls it. Perhaps Jerusalem should be controlled by an international body or collaboration of all the monotheistic faiths in the parts where the holy sites to all are found, with access to all for all.
Indignities, humiliations and insults breed contempt and even violence. None of that solves anything but compounds the likelihood of violence.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow, the English looking beauty famous for playing Shakespearian queens and the like learns her late
father, LA Producer Paltrow hails from a long line of Jewish Rabbis and Kabbalists and is so moved in honor of her father
she decides to raise her two kids Jewish. Watch the whole thing.......and learn how the progeny of a NY British maid who immigrated from Barbados after being orphaned married the progeny of Eastern European Rabbis and had a child in LA
named Gwyneth Paltrow. It's a great American story.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Agents of Non Violent Justice can all cheer on Nelson Mandella's birthday today, July 18th. In the tradition of Martin Luther King, Ghandi and inspired by Jesus himself who demanded Peter put back his sword and not slice the face of the oppressor, an entire country was born from the racist past of apartheid oppression.
Nelson Mandella languished in jail for years for standing against what he knew to be an institutional evil.
Institutional evils and injustices still exist in many places in the world, some even under the sanctimonious color of established religions that give no breathing room to dissent.
It could have turned out differently. Mandella could have started a violent revolution in the streets resulting in mass slaughter blood baths. But he didn't.
And after a 'Truth and Reconciliation' Commission, the real facts got aired in daylight and people came to terms with what had to change. It is a model for everywhere, and I mean everywhere.
My mother used to say that when I got a little too judgey or critical of someone or something. She also said "never talk
politics or religion in polite company" which had me wondering what else interesting there was to talk about.
Who Died and Made You God? Some catholics might say and do 'Who died and made you Pope' while I hope even
the Pope would agree they are clearly not the same thing.
Paul in scripture fought Peter's views taking him to task. Jesus himself took Peter to task more than once, noting his
betrayals before the cock crowed and even at one time saying 'Satan get behind me' when Peter expressed something other
than God's will regarding Jesus' mission and fate.
Who Died and Made you God? Clearly you are not. You are not qualified to Judge a person's character. You are not qualified
to put any moniker on them of 'weed' or 'good seed' because only God sees truly inside the heart. You can 'know' them by their fruits but you cannot judge their hearts.
This should take a load off. The first commandment is to not have any Gods before the true real God, which means you can
take your God hat off now, because it's not your job to judge. God is the Judge and there will be a Judgment day. That is partially why Jesus said not to tear up the weeds that grow intertwined with the good seedlings. Because you can't tell which is which and sometimes get it totally wrong. You label someone according to whether they suit your purposes, your institutional goals and objectives which may not be God's. You want to rip up and destroy sometimes what God willed be there for HIS purposes, and it was your blindness that did not see how His Plan was in it. Get Behind Me Satan was what Jesus said to Peter.
What if at that point everyone could reasonably call Peter a 'weed' and tear him up. What would become of Christendom at that point? We wouldn't even have a church. So because we can't see the forrest for the weeds, we don't judge- because only God judges the hearts of man. You, you can sit in traffic court.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
There is a town called Lisieux. And the above girl lived in it. She was with the Carmelite order, and was named after
a famous carmelite Therese of Avila. Mother Theresa of Calcutta was named after her.
She is one of a handful of "doctors" of the church.
This Saturday was Our Lady of Carmel feast day.
This Saint died suffocating to death on her own blood with Tuberculosis in the 19th century. It is similar to how Jesus died, as
he also suffocated while crucified with collapsed lungs it is believed. It's a strange way of sharing in Christ's sufferings. She also suffered the petty mechant meanness of her peers and fellow religious.
She's the one who drops roses out of the clear blue -which is why they call her the Little Flower. I am going to pray she delivers you roses-and when she does you will know i am thinking of you- je pense a toi.
What kind of person would like working at the TSA? Scanning bodies for bombs planted internally, or groping small
children or elderly women to see if they have implanted anything explosive. A 61 year old woman tried to get one back-
she got arrested for "groping" a TSA agent. She gave them a dose of what they dish; she grabbed a breast through
clothing of one of them and was arrested on felony charges- and if convicted (it's on tape, she likely will be) then she
will have to be listed as a sexual predator in states that list them. How absurd. The TSA who do pat down and grope
live women get away with it in the name of National Security, but don't you try it back or you will lose your life as you know it. I am not even a little bit gay and I think that is crazy. Perhaps she was just trying to make a point.
I am one of those women who is fairly categorized as somewhat 'endowed' which is not an asset some places. In conservative catholic church it can almost get you arrested for praying while female if a priest is "distracted." I deliberately dress in burlap sac sometimes to dress down the unwanted attention from undesirables. At the TSA they have to search for explosives under my underwire below my chest length dangling cross. Because they are idiots. I feel almost violated every time I get on a plane now.
Can't I show my Bar Card or something to avoid this? I start to hate the 'government' every time I get on a plane, and that is not good because I am a lawyer, and an 'officer of the court.' I just don't want strangers pressing up against touching my breast.
Please don't manhandle or womanhandle me. Is that too much to ask?
Where is Bill Gates when you need him? Please invent something better. I fear with the deficit ceiling talks TSA might
sell my chest x rays to Playboy to pay for social security.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
We heard this evening at the Vigil the gospel reading regarding the parabole Jesus told of the field planted with good seed, and in the night the enemy comes and plants weeds. In time, it is obvious there is a bit of a weedy mess and the disciples ask if they are supposed to rip out the weeds and Jesus says no, it could also tear up the weaker wheat, so they are both left to grow interspersed until The Harvest (i.e. the Judgment Day.)
The homilist cleverly made analogy to a baseball field where there are umpires, basemen and even 'security' at the ballpark with the good home team and the bad team vying for prominence and a victory.
A fun but imperfect analogy- it would be more like basketball where the weeds can block and intercept a jump and pass elbow to elbow, or elbow in face. But lets stick with baseball for now.
What if the umpires are crooked? Where is that in the analogy. What if the umpires get a christmas bonus for advancing the weeds and administering the weedkill to the wheat? That's more like what happens.
What if the umpires basemen are in the same union as the umpires who get a bonus for administering the weedkill to the wheat? You get a field overridden with weeds, and so much so everyone starts to think that the weeds look like flowers and like they should be there. Ever see a yard so overridden with weeds you think it is some kind of exotic plant- a field full of it-and it is supposed to look like that? Ever notice that even weeds can sometimes have parts that look almost deceptively like flowering parts? If the crooked umpires call 'security' security becomes like The Mob- a garden variety hit job. Weedwhackers to the kneecaps.
That's what happens in a church when the umpires are in the same union as the basemen who are all paid to administer weedkiller to the good seed. The music dies with the good wheat. And no one can tell the weeds for the woods.
Friday, July 15, 2011
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Friday, July 01, 2011
I wrote R U 12 like that on purpose because that is teen text-speak. They can't write because they tweet in abreviated character language.
Someone actually focused for more than three seconds today on the fact that Hillary in her fine blue suit self showed up with her hair pulled back in a scrunchy that I add nicely matched her flowing white blousey blouse. Fashion fine with me. Where can i get it in my size.
The funny thing is that the writer of this ridiculous piece does not even know how to spell faux pas. It's faux pas, as in pas de quoi. Not faux paux as in I am pretending I know how to speak french and it just sounds like it should be spelled that way.
You go Girl. Hair pulled back looks Europeanly regal.
Anti-Catholicism is not hardly rare in America. Anti-Irish,
Anti-Italians, who were mostly catholic, was a sentiment widespread and common
in the 19th and even earlier 20th Century. My father, a half-Irish catholic man
recounted seeing signs from the 1960s on store fronts in Boston that read
"Help Wanted, NINA" NINA means "No Irish Need Apply." It was such a common
discriminatory employment practice it had its own acronym.
But what we see now with all the 'scandals' is more than Anti-Catholicism- it's
a ferocious wave of Anti-Christism- a bad reflection on the Lord himself, because the object
of the joking is now the priesthood. And this, the church cannot ignore, and must address
because it slanders
These two jokes made their rounds in my inbox this week (the first was retold at a comedy night contest and won the prize for the most uproarious applause):
1/ A priest and a lawer and a troup of boyscouts were on a plane and the plane was going down.
Only two parachutes were on the plane. The priest said- Lets give them to some of the boyscouts.
The lawyer said "Screw all the boyscouts!"
The Priest said "Do we really have time?"
2/ In the Seminary the final test for graduation was a 'purity test' where the seminarians were all lined in a row naked with a little bell tied to their winkies. A georgeous buxom perfumed blonde then walked in front of all of them. Anyone whose bell rang would not get to graduate.
A big buzoomed blonde undressed and walked naked in front of all of them and only one seminarian had his bell jump up and ring so furiously it flew off his winkie. He bent down to pick it up and at the sight of his bending all the other seminarian bells rang so hard it played a bell choir of "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring."
Funny, funny, ha, ha, right?
No, seriously emblematic of why the church needs to have a healthy heterosexual family model in its priesthood. It would have twice the number of priests who could do twice the work and it would need half the funds for the Saint Luke's Institute to treat priests who think their humanity is evil. It is hurting itself, it is persecuting healthy heterosexual women and it is a perverse betrayal of who Jesus was and is and ever shall be.