A Lower Origin?

After the exalted view of human beings made in the image and likeness of God, today's readings bring us back down to earth - literally: Genesis 2:4-19; Isaiah 2:11-21; Proverbs 3:1-18. Isaiah continues his attack on the haughtiness of men. Isaiah threatens that God will "terrify the earth." Thank you, Lord - I feel like …

Image and Likeness

What a marvelous trio of readings today, and how impossible to do justice to all three in a few paragraphs: Genesis 1:24-2:3; Isaiah 2:3-11; Proverbs 2:1-22. The Proverbs reading contains basic truth for believers in God: Receive wisdom by following God's commandments. Nothing profound or radical, but who doesn't want what verse 10 promises: "For wisdom will come into your …

Lessons for Lent

In an interview several years ago, the famous German conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908-89), was talking about his early years as a musician. He made this remarkable statement: "Then came the decisive day when I discovered that my two hands weren’t enough to express what I wanted to express.” His two hands were not enough to …