Thursday, June 17, 2021

On Life and Family! Vida y Familia!

Third Sunday after Pentecost, Tercer Domingo de Pentecostes B, June  13, 2020

Isaiah- Isaías 61:9-11,  Revelation-Apocalipsis 12:7-12, Luke-Lucas 2:41-51 

Our lessons today all seem to touch on the theme of family! Nuestras lecturas de hoy todas parecen hablar de la familia!  

The New Testament lesson shows a vision in heaven yet it is one …a woman who with pain and struggle gives birth to a son! La lectura del Nuevo Testamento nos presenta una vision del Cielo en la cual una mujer con sufrimiento y dificultad da a luz un hijo!

Our gospel takes us to the family life of Mary and Joseph, and the challenges they face up to raising a teenager…even one named Jesus. He gets lost during a trip and seems to not understand why his parents were so worried about his safety!/ Nuestro evangelio nos lleva a la vida familiar de Jose y Maria incluyendo el reto de criar a un hijo  al que vemos en un momento de su adolecencia…! Se  pierde durate un viaje y parece noo entender el porque sus padres estan preocupados! Nada facil aunque se llame Jesus!

The prophet Isaiah contains what may be every parents hope for their children, that they may be blessed of God, that they be “renowned …people of good reputation/ El profeta Isaias, contiene lo que probablemente sea el deseo de cada padre para sus hijos..de cada abuelo para sus nietos…que seam bendecidos de Dios , conocidos como gente de buen nombre de buena reputacion!

Here are a few things I see for our meditation this morning…Things we have needed in life as we have navigated , love, marriage and family in a complicated and ever changing world! / Aqui algunas cositas que creo que nos hacen falta en esta vida, cosas que hemos necesitado al navegar el amor, el matrimonio y la familiar en un mundo complicado y cambiante…!

The first one is COURAGE/ La primera es VALOR:

Elisabeth Elliot once said, “It takes guts to be a mom.” Really life is for the brave…Jesus once said the same thing about the kingdom of God…it requires courage!/ Elizabeth Elliot dijera una vez..: Hay que tener pantalones para ser una madre” . La vida es algo de valientes, hasta Jesus dijo lo mismo acerca del reino de Dios…requiere valor!

Having a family is not for the faint hearted….it is a great blessing from God… but it is not without a struggle! It takes courage! / El formar una familia no es para cobardes, si es una bendicion de Dios..pero no viene sin luchas..requiere valentia!


Look at the intense spiritual battle surrounding the woman and her child in our text from revelation…even though angels fought the dragon and his angels…courage is also required of us…! Sometimes life is a battle, family life is no exception…keeping your spouse, your children safe and sane in an insane world is going to require courage of the sort God gives! / Mira la intensa batalla spiritual que rodea la mujer y a su hijo en nuestra lectura del Apocalipsis..y aunque nos dice que los angeles pelearon contra el dragon y sus angeles…eso no quita que hay que tener valor para la lucha! A veces la vida es una batalla..y en un mundo que a veces es loco y hostil el mantener a tu pareja y tus hijos seguros y cuerdos va a requerir de la cladse de valor que solo Dios puede dar!

Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid for the Lord your God goes with you!/ Deutronomio 31:6 SE fuerte y valiente, no temas porque el Senor tu Dios estara contigo! /

2 Timothy 1:7  For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control./ 2 Timoteo 1:7 Dios no nos dio un Espiritu de cobardia, sino de poder amor y dominio propio!

DONT BE FRIGHTENED, and if YOU FEEL INTIMIDATED BY LIFE ASK GOD FOR COURAGE! NO TE ASUSTE LA VIDA, SI TE SIENTES INTIMIDADO PIDE VALOR A DIOS!

FAITHFULNESS/FIDELIDAD

The gospel relates part of the religious life of Jesus parents a yearly pilgrimage from Nazaret to Jerusalem for the festival…! We know this was not just an ocassional thing! EVERY YEAR…even when Jesus was a baby …8 days after his birth they circumcised him, 40 days after they went to the temple to worship…! There are years listed here where there seems to have been little excitement BUT WHERE they lived a life of faithfulness to one another and to God!    / El evangelio relata parte de la vida religiosa de los padres de Jesus! Aqui hay un peregrinaje todos los años a Jerusalen a adorar. Pero sabemos por el evangelio de Lucas que Maria y Jose eran una pareja devota, fiel a Dios! A los 8 dias de nacido circuncidaron a Jesus segun la constumbre, a los 40 dias lo llevaron a presentar en el templo! Aqui hay un recuento de anos donde no parece que hay nada interesante que decir…PERO QUE DAN TESTIMONIO!, NOS HABLAN DE UNA VIDA DE FIDELIDAD EL UNO AL OTRO A SU FAMILA Y A DIOS!         

Sometimes we look for highlights and forget the importance of daily, humdrum ,boring faithfulness ..in a friendship, a relationship, a family.  The faithfulness God deserves, not just in special days but in our daily life! A veces pasamos por alto la fidelidad de cada dia, en una Amistad, en una relacion, en la familia! Y por supuesto la fidelidad que le debemos a Dios, no solo en ciertos momentos especiales sino el diario vivir.  

Luke 9:23 Jesus said! If anyone wants to be my disciple let him deny himself take up his cross EACH DAY and follow me! Lucas 9: 23…JESUS DIJO Si alguno quiere ser discipulo mio, nieguese a si mimo TOME SU CRUZ CADA DIA y sigame!

That is particularly true when it comes to faithfulness to God! PROVERBS 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go”…is a bible verse we all know, but often forget that the train part is hard, its routine its every day, it is repetitive. / QUE VERDAD tan grande esta cuando se trata de fidelidad a Dios…Proverbios 22:6 Instruye al nino en el camino de Dios..en el camino debido… todos conocemos este verso..pero se nos olvida que la parte de instruir, de entrenar es dificil, rutina, repetitiva!

I remember the day of my first communion at Our lady of the Assumption in Baracoa Cuba…what a celebration that was…! I also remember the dozens of times my mom would dress us kids and every Sunday walk us to church , struggle so that we would stay quiet during the mass and teach us about God! I read this text and am reminded that we need faithfulness!!/ RECUERDO EL DIA DE MI PRIMERA COMUNION, Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, BARACOA CUBA….que clase de celebracion tan hermosa! Pero tambien recuerdo los cientos de veces que mi madre nos vestia y cada Domingo nos llevava caminando a la Iglesia,  a veces sin nosotros querer ! Y nada hablar de la lucha para que estuvieramos quietos durante la misa,  y aprendieramos acerca de Dios! LEO ESTE TEXTO BIBLICO Y ME RECUERDO QUE NECESITAMOS FIDELIDAD A DIOS!

PATIENCE/ PACIENCIA

I can imagine Mary and Joseph year after year raising a child who has been announced as Messiah, as Savior yet….is quite human I wonder if they ever thought…how long is it going to take? When is the promise about our child going to be fulfilled? / Te imaginas a Maria y Jose cada ano criando al nino que anuncio el angel commo mesias..pero que es bien humano, se habran preguntado…cuanto tarda esto? Cuando se manifestara la promesa acerca de nuestro hijo?


The episode we read about in the gospel is quite interesting….the child Jesus in the temple! We make it seem quite spiritual…! Everyone full of wonder at his words, I have to be in my father’s house that Jesus said! But, for a minute, put yourself in Mary and Joseph’s shoes…!  You have a missing teenager, and cant find him for 3 days! When you do find him…he is sassy and says: “why were you worried?” My parents would have beat me,  and grounded me for a year…./ El episodio que leemos en el evangelio es interesantisimo, El nino Jesus en el templo…lo hacemos tan spiritual..todos maravillados de su sabiduria y palabras…y su declaracion, tengo que estar en la casa de mi padre!  Ponte ahora en los zapatos de sus padres! Se les perdio tu hijp adoescente y no lo encuentras con tres dias…! Cuando lo hayas …que zoquete , como te responde algo insolente! “Por que se preocuparon”. , MIS PADRES ME HUBIERAN DADO SENDA PALIZA Y CASTIGADO POR UN año!


Maybe his did too…it says after that he went home and was subject to them in al things! Things take time, for love to mature take time! Spiritual growth takes time…patience is required. / Quizas eso hicieron Maria y Jose, dice el texto despues, que el regreso a casa y estuvo sujeto y obediente en todo! LAS COSAS TOMAN TIEMPO, QUE MADURE EL AMOR, EL CRECIMIENTO ESPIRITUAL SE TARDA…NOS HACE FALTA PACIENCIA!

 

I wonder how much prayer and waiting was required of our parents , of you …to see in your children, grandchildren…people blessed of the Lord…sometimes years of prayer, trusting , believing in God! / Me pregunto cuantos años DE espera tuvieron nuestros padres o abuelos  para ver en sus hijps y nietos lo que dice el profeta….gente de bien bendecidos por Dios? A veces MUCHO TIEMPO de rezo y oracion de confiar y creer en las promesas de Dios!

 

Galatians 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up…”/  Así que no nos cansemos de hacer el bien. A su debido tiempo, cosecharemos numerosas bendiciones si no nos damos por vencidos.

LOVE/ AMOR: Mary guarded, treasured all those things is her heart…! Love wraps it all up…Love makes it all worth it! Treasure these memories in your heart and nurture the love God has gifted each of you….Love conquers all!/ Maria guardaba y atesoraba todas estas cosas en su corazon..el amor hace que todo valga la pena! Atesora las memorias y el amor que Dios te da en tu corazon, atesora el amor que Dios te ha Regalado…amor todo lo puede, el amor todo lo logra y nunca deja de existir!

 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Is Anybody Watching?


NO surprises here, Media channels lose up to 75 percent of their audience since the November election! I am one of those that is no longer watching! 

My life is busy and complicated! When I finished work , sometimes I used to catch a little bit of news on TV or the internet to see what was happening. The experience of the last two years changed that completely. 

I want to be informed not deceived, manipulated nor have my intelligence insulted. Media has really done us and themselves a disservice in their so called reporting. 

Maybe now they will learn!

Blessings

Seraph

 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Credible Media Strikes Again!

It was just months ago, before the US presidential elections, when any conversation regarding Hunter Biden's infamous lap top was apparently off limits in  the media! Any suggestion that now President Joe Biden had met with his son's sketchy business partners, when he was serving as Vice President during the Obama administration, was propaganda, dammed lies, and Russian misinformation!

Looky, looky...now it turns out it may all be true! Surprise, surprise!!!!

How can we be expected to have any trust at all in people who so blatantly lie, or ignore news for political purposes? 

I must confess this election cycle has left me utterly jaded towards ALL MEDIA, right and left! It have become convinced that its all just propaganda!

Blessings 

Seraph

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9622767/Emails-reveal-Joe-Biden-DID-meet-Hunters-business-partners-VP.html 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Cuando el Futuro es Incierto...


 

A post Scripture Church?

 Now, it is no secret that Anglicanism has historically been a roomy place where multiple interpretations of Scripture, theology and churchmanship have coexisted! This, of course, amidst conflict, conversation, and debate!

It has been so in the Episcopal Church, long known for its progressive leanings, but which for much of its history, has been home to liberals, conservatives, Anglo-Catholics and a sprinkling of Charismatics. 

This week, it feels like it may be no more…

The presenting issue is that of  same sex marriage in the church! 

Do not get me wrong, an overwhelming majority of Episcopal clergy and lay people, myself included, have long been advocates for same sex marriage in civil society, and for gay couples in long term relationships, to be welcome into the Church. Even among conservative Episcopalians, the idea that blessings should be extended to same sex couples in civil marriage has not been unwelcome! 

That the prayer book might be altered or that the sacrament of marriage as has historically been held in this church should be changed, is another matter altogether!

After what has seemed like decades of conversation, controversy, trial liturgies and debate,  2018 General Convention passed Resolution B012 making same sex marriage available in all dioceses of the church!  In effect, no bishop of the church could prohibit same sex couples from being married in a parish of their diocese, if they so desired.

“As of Advent 1 of 2018, in all dioceses where the marriage of same-sex couples is legal under civil law, no bishop of the Episcopal Church may prohibit the use of the Trial Use marriage rites..”

The few bishops theologically opposed to same gender marriage, were to arrange for alternative episcopal oversight, for those parishes who desired to offer this service for same sex couples. All acquiesced, except Bishop Love of Albany who, using arguments from Scripture and the historic teaching of this church from the Book of Common Prayer,  forbid the marriage of same sex couples in his diocese.   

Then came the Disciplinary panel, which unanimously found Bishop Love guilty of violating the doctrine and discipline of the church, and a few days ago his resignation as Bishop of the Diocese of Albany! 

Some have hailed it as a long awaited victory for full inclusion of gay and lesbians in the life of the  Episcopal Church! Others, as an ominous and  surprising moment when the church, formally made, the teaching of Scripture, of the Anglican Communion, its own historic understanding of marriage and the Book of Common Prayer, take second place to The General Convention’s current understanding of marriage.

This might be, in modern history the first time that, a Christian bishop is disciplined and effectively removed from office, for championing the teaching about  marriage long held in the Episcopal Church, taught in the Bible, and mentioned by Jesus Christ himself.

I must admit not having any idea of what will happen, but I hold no illusions! Our church has sailed into uncharted waters and though, diversity in thought is still found in our church, it does seem being too vocal about certain views could land you outside the doors, even if Jesus himself had uttered similar things!

At times like this, I am reminded of this seldom read tidbit from the 39 Articles:

“…Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith..”

It seems that when it comes to marriage, that is no longer the case in The Episcopal Church!