A nice dinner was shared last night at the Beth Shalom House. It was a veritable feast. A long time had passed since our house had sat down to dine together. Community is difficult. Abby was our honored dinner guest, adding to the jovial festivities. We planned quite a few activities for the next two weeks that we have together. It seems as if we are trying to cram as much Christmas into our calendar as is possible. So be it!
Tonight we will find ourselves together again. After dinner we will decorate our plastic Christmas tree. I think that we are also going out to purchase a DVD player. What?
I have developed an interesting odor. I think that a combination of wearing (and even sleeping in) the same clothes repeatedly and not showering as frequently has caused this concern.
Thirteen days until I leave for Phoenix. I grow anxious.
Yes, I know that I am posting a lot of other people’s words. But these words are good and important and changing the way that I experience not only time in church but more and more of each moment.
I don’t have to justify myself! You don’t know me! Heh
Anyhow, from Schmemann’s “The Eucharist”:
The Divine Liturgy begins with the solemn doxology: “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.” The Savior likewise began his ministry with the proclamation of the kingdom, the ringing announcement that it has come: “Jesus came into Galilee, preached the gospel of God, and saying: ‘The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe in the gospel’” (Mk 1:14-15). And it is with desire for the kingdom that the first and foremost of all Christian prayers begins: “Thy kingdom come”…
…The kingdom of Christ is accepted by faith and is hidden “within us.” The King himself came in the form of a servant and reigned only through the cross. There are no external signs of this kingdom on earth. It is the kingdom of the “world to come,” and thus only in the glory of his second coming will all people recognize the true king of the world. BUT for those who have believed in it and accepted it, the kingdom is already here and now, more obvious than any of the “realities” surrounding us….
…Unlike the early Christians, those of later ages came, little by little, to lose the perception of the Kingdom of God as being “at hand.” The came to understand it only as the kingdom to come-at the end and after the end, referring only to the “personal” death of individual believers. “This world” and “the kingdom,” which in the gospels are set side by side and in tension and struggle with one another, have come to be thought of in terms of chronological sequence: now-only the world; then-only the kingdom…