In this episode I discuss 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (see below). I explore the power of love and lay out the ways in which it is eternal and all-powerful. Then I drill down into the deeply esoteric way in which this passage embodies the Perennial Wisdom.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (NIV)
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
In this video we discuss the idea of “the Kingdom.” What is the Kingdom of God and/or the Kingdom of Heaven?
“What is the Kingdom of God like? To what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and put in his own garden. It grew, and became a large tree, and the birds of the sky lodged in its branches.”
— Luke 13:18–19
In keeping with my New Year’s resolution, here is the second installment in my video series exploring the mystical nature of Holy Communion.
In this series I begin with the premise that we do not need to struggle to reach God because, out of love, infinite God descends to the finite and becomes human in Christ. God unites himself with Earth, with flesh and blood, which we accept into ourselves in the form of bread and wine, such that our bodies become temples of the Holy Spirit. We see the truth, which is that union with God is not attained or achieved but realized and accepted. And the truth shall set you free.
Yesterday I started a day early making good on my New Year’s resolution: I performed my first public Holy Communion. Sure, it was on Youtube, but I think that counts as “public.” My plan is to do begin supporting a Sunday service at the park in the Spring, Hopefully by then I’ll be more relaxed at the altar.
My goal in presenting these Holy Communion videos is to explore the mystery of the Communion rite with others in the hope that we can all better understand and appreciate the purpose, power, action and wonder of this transformative rite.
I hope, as an act of interfaith outreach, to open this mystery to a wider audience who may have preconceived notions about Holy Communion — and to perhaps re-enliven Holy Communion for those Christians for whom Holy Communion has become stale or by rote.
Why in the name of Heaven would I presume to suppose that my voice could possibly be worth listening to when there are 37 million churches worldwide already performing the rite on a daily and/or weekly basis, and there are already 161,000 Holy Communion videos on Youtube?
Because my viewpoint is a Hermetic, mystic, esoteric, inner Christian one. And I think that’s pretty unique.