Sunday, April 29, 2007

Fourth Sunday of Easter

by Hildegard von Bingen

"I, John, had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands."
from today's second reading (Revelations)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Third Sunday of Easter

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
Jesus said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
from today's Gospel

Friday, April 13, 2007

our great robotic future

Sad Red Robot

Bikini Robot Powers Activate

Both by
Ray Frenden

Perhaps I should be embarrassed to say that I am, or perhaps was, an Alanis-a-holic for years and years. But my passion for the Canadian did wan since here first two albums ... until my brother sent me a link to her rendition of Fergie's "My Humps". Which is so so great. It's clearly parody, but for some reason I really like the way the song seems really sad, its so bizarre. Very interesting. If anyone is interested in either of those things, they can watch it below.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

lately i've been feeling unstuck in time....

Alas, Vonnegut is dead....

so it goes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter 3

Below is a very interesting collection of various representations of Christ.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter: The Ressurection of the Lord

The Resurrection, Matthias Grunewald

"Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory."
from the second reading (Corinthians)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Holy Saturday

Graffiti on Parry Avenue: Dallas, Texas

The Angel's at Christ's Tomb, Edouard Manet

Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday - do we not feel the breath of empty space?

The Crucifixion, Matthias Grünewald


"Why is this night different from all other nights"
--Mah Nishtanah from the Pesach Haggadah

"Whither is God?" he cried. "I will tell you. We have killed him—you and I! All of us are his murderers! But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? And backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there still any up or down? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is not night continually closing in on us? ... How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives,—who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?
--The Gay Science #125, Friedrich Nietzsche

Some may think it strange that I gather great religious insights from Nietzsche, that I feel the above passage is one of the greatest meditations on the Crucifixion, and it is the very first passage in which he declares his infamous God is dead.

So how is today unlike any other day?

Today is the day that God died. How monumental! How incomprehensible! How could the creature destroy the creator, and why would He allow it? How can we recover from it? What would it have felt like to be His Mother or his disciples? To watch infinity go up on trial, and feel the earth unbind?

Pieta, Franz von Stuck

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday in the North 1906, Kiriak Kostandi

------Tonights Events in Pictorial Form------

The Last Supper - Chartres Cathedral

Washing the feet of Peter, Solomon Raj

Gethsemane, the hour is near, Anthony Falbo


Also of Holy Thursday interest: I stumbled across Maundy Thursday Cards, which is a tradition in at least some region of London town.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face

Babel, Nikki Moore

Morocco is the misfortunate dusty past.
The Americas are the misguided confused present.
and Japan is a lonely, sad, futuristic machine.

I watched Babel yesterday, and I found it oppressively sad and amazingly good. As the Bishops said of it in their review, "[If you stick with it] you may find yourself both devastated and uplifted." The things Iñárritu did with sound in the parts about a deaf-mute Japanese girl were amazing, and that whole portion of the story was enough to make the film great, if one can call something that is so sad great.

The title is clearly evocative of the Genesis account of the scrambling of languages; the story takes place globally and at least five different languages are encountered. However I think perhaps the title evokes more of the sense of humanity in disconnect, everyone dispersed in confusion and unable communicate with one another, even if we do speak the same language. And it is this that is what is truly unsettling; how we have lost our humanity, and how are we to regain it, even in our simple lives.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Palm Sunday

Entry in Jerusalem, Giotto

“Blessed is the king who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest.”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him,
“Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
He said in reply,
“I tell you, if they keep silent,
the stones will cry out!”

from today's processional reading (Luke)

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