The Visitation Revisited

The days following the angel’s announcement had been the most exciting, most disorienting days of Mary’s life. With only one fresh water spring, the village of Nazareth was small. Rumors flew. By all appearances, she had fallen into disgrace. She was avoided, even slandered by her own kindred, homeless in her own hometown. The silence between ...

An Explosion In Reverse

“Ever since the coming of John the Baptist the kingdom of Heaven has been subjected to violence and violent men are seizing it.” Remember that one scene in that one movie (it doesn’t matter which) where the building explodes? Fire flashes and plumes of smoke mushroom up and out. Everyone is leaping away and running for ...

The Silent Hymns of Heaven

The Silent Hymns of Heaven   Glory be to God for his glory in the day; Praise him all you night stars in spangled vast array.   Join the happy anthem, all creatures here below; Turn your eyes to heaven, give up your noise and woe.   Do not crucify him, sin-blinkered and purblind, Casting lots for garments with games of doubt and pride.   Keep ...