Tag Archive for ‘Jesus’

Be a Prude in the Temple

Prude: (Archaic) Of great virtue; honest; wise The painting comes to me as if in a dream. –Vincent Van Gogh   I’ve been looking at a lot of statues of Jesus in Catholic churches, lately, and you know what I’m wondering? I’m wondering if he wasn’t a woman. I mean, does anyone know what was beneath that loincloth? Because hanging on the cross? Dude looks the same way I did […]

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Mother, Father, and Child

I always knew a mother’s love. My mother was never perfect, because no one is. There have been plenty of times as an adult that I’ve looked back on my childhood ticking my fingers, thinking about what could have been done better, or handled differently. But on this point there was never a doubt: my mother has, and continues to, love me fiercely, wildly, with a passion I can’t explain. […]

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What Is Humility?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” –SexyJesus I never thought much about humility until I was asked to do a job I just couldn’t do. Up until that point in my life, I had a pretty good opinion of myself. I was righteous. I was good. When something came down the pike at me, I handled it with aplomb. (Or so […]

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Sexy Jesus

I’ve always thought Jesus was pretty handsome, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered he’s pretty sexy, too. This guy. He loves pleasure, you know. Want to wash his hair with expensive perfume? He says, Bring it on! Want to avoid doing the dishes and sit by his feet instead? He’s like, Please, stay. Want to drink some wine and eat good food? He says, Come. I made this […]

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Buddhism or Christianity?

I have resisted Christianity for a long time. Instead, I did yoga and bought a few Buddha statues to keep around my apartment. I love all my books on Buddhism, and all that great stuff Pema Chodron and Chungpa Rinpoche and Thich Nhat Hanh say. The Buddha is really cool. But as much as I’d love to, I can’t go sit under a tree and meditate all day to find […]

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The Enlightened One

“You have no bucket, and the well is deep.” John 4:11 “Jesus is God but God is not Jesus.” –My 4-year-old daughter, Izzy.   Spiritual seekers are like the Samaritan woman who goes daily to the well, trying to fill up her bucket with water. We try this, and we try that, and we see what this or that will do, all so that we may find greater wholeness. We take […]

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Finding the One

I’ll admit it, I’ve been on dating apps. It’s somewhat of a hellish experience, except when it works. Swipe left, swipe right. Good, bad, ugly, weird. Yes, no, yes, no. That’s a really bad way to live in this world. If you can get past the barrage of images and look at people with an open heart, you’re on a better track, but many of these apps just make you […]

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