Why Christians are always talking about the blood of Jesus

This week we were listening to Spotify in our home and the song “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2 came on. My son Jensen wanted to know if it was about Jesus 😂 It was a reasonable question, because Christianity talks a lot about blood. And it’s weird, let’s be honest. We talk about being “washed in the blood” and we sing songs with words like “there’s power in the blood,” and my personal favorite: “there is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Emmanuel’s veins.” It’s a little gross.

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Fr. Thomas Keating has passed away

It’s with great sorrow I found out today that Fr. Thomas Keating has passed away.

His writing taught me to understand how prayer can be about being with God, enjoying his presence, and not only asking God for things. He taught the Bible is meant to be prayed and to expect God to speak through it.

He taught me that one can cultivate an attitude of submission to God’s will, and understand that’s not scary because God’s will is always for my good and for greater communion with him.

For me, this was and is profound stuff in terms of deepening my communion with Christ.

May he rest In peace, and may his memory be eternal.

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I believe in angels

Today, we celebrate St. Michael and all angels. In a particularly dark, challenging time in my life as a child, I had a vision of an angel. It was a split second, hardly even a moment, but I remember it vividly. I was doing homework, alone in my family’s apartment living room. I felt that feeling of someone watching over your shoulder, so I glanced up and caught a glimpse of a figure in a white robe (much like an alb) with long, curly black hair and face so bright and bursting with light that I couldn’t make out any features.

I can’t explain the assurance I received from that God had not abandoned me, that he was with me, and was watching over me.

From The Book of Common Prayer:

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for social justice from the Book of Common Prayer

Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.