Month: January 2012

Eternal God and Temporal Man

You bring human beings to the dust by saying, ‘Return, children of Adam.’  A thousand years are to you like a yesterday wich has passed, like a watch of the night.     Psalm 90:3,4

The span of our life is seventy years, eighty for those who are strong, but their whole extent is anxiety and trouble, they are over in a moment and we are gone.     Psalm 90:10

Teach us to count up the days that are ours, and we shall come to the heart of wisdom.    Psalm 90:12

Colors, Cloud, and Field

We cannot even begin to compare our temporary existence to the eternality of God.  Yet, we are often foolish enough to try.  We try to label him as the God of a nation, or a race.  This psalm of Moses brings us to a people who had not yet claimed a territory and had just been delivered from being the lowest of the earth.  The writer cannot boast in national borders nor ethnic prowess.  He begins the poem with these words, Lord, you have been our refuge from age to age.  This was a people of great promise.  Other nations have heard of them and lost heart because of their triumphs.  And yet the writer gives all reverent reverence to God claiming nothing for the people.  That temporal humanity is completely reliant on God’s eternal presence.  What then is a nation?  A set of borders that will rise and fall in the sands of time.   What is a race?  A collection of people who can ruled and be ruled in the shifting winds.  Only one is eternal.  Not our great numbers of limited ages.  But, he who is ageless and precedes and succeeds our existence.  I am in debt to Dr. Angelo Chatmon, Dean of the Chapel at Virginia Union University, for making this point clear.

Your Brother in Christ,

Cyrpian Bluemood

Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene

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A New Love

I give you a new commandment: love one another;you must love one another just as I have loved you.  It is by your love for one another that everyone will recognize you as my disciples.     John 13:34-35

There is nothing new about love.  It can be found in the Old Testament as a commitment as well as emotion.  God gave the command through Moses.  David and Johnathan shared a close friendship.  Ruth was devoted to Naomi.  King Solomon was very passionate about his new bride.  It is not hard to find many other examples of old love.

Reflective Presence of the Other

What is new about the commandment is that Jesus challenges us to love as he has loved.  We are to love when it makes more sense to be fearful.  We are to love when it makes more sense to be spiteful.  Consider that the Lord is about to be arrested, put on trial, and executed. He is among one who will betray him and the others who will abandon him.  And what does he do?  He shares a special meal with them and washes their feet after dinner.  When God gave the commandment, Israel had been liberated from bondage and was approaching the promised land.  Loving in a time of optimism is good.  But, the challenge is to love as Jesus did; love when pain and suffering are nearby.  David, Johnathan, Ruth, Naomi were loyal to one another, even in stressful times.  Standing by someone’s side in a crisis is a good thing.  But, the challenge is to love as Jesus did; love those who will abandon and back stab you.

Such a love seems foolish as we expect love in return, especially when we need to receive it.  But, consider the one who set this pattern.  New love cannot remain dead.  It rises and invites us to glories this world cannot give.

Yours in Christ,

Brother Cyprian Bluemood

Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene

Invitation To Another Kingdom

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3

 

There is no such thing as the perfect kingdom on earth.  There never was nor will there ever will be.  As in the days of our Lord on earth, they are all ruled by economic and military power.  Both forms are easily abusive and abused.  Empires and nations of all sizes rise, fall, and in time, all are relegated to the pages of history.  One who puts hope in such a kingdom hopes in something temporal that will be punished in the day of judgement.

Light Beyond The Clouds

In the beginning of his Sermon On the Mount, Jesus invites the multitude to the kingdom of heaven.  The sun, moon, clouds, and skies cannot be persuaded by wealth nor weapons.  The heavens are governed by the hand of God and God alone.  He gives us the option to come into this greater citizenship.

Citizenship in the kingdom of heaven requires one to accept unworthiness to become such a citizen.  A poor man cannot enter a rich man’s banquet hall unless the rich man accepts him.  The poor one knows that is only by the grace of his benefactor that he can dine on the finest things offered.  So it is with us.  Due to our sin, we have no place in heaven in the presence of the Father.  It is only by his grace and mercy given to us through his Son that we can be accepted into the kingdom not made by human hands.  We must be ever mindful of our spiritual poverty in order for us to enjoy the fullness of salvation.  Jesus paid the cost for us to come into a banquet hall that we humans can never earn a  place.  Those who are aware of such poverty are truly privileged.

Your Brother In Christ,

Cyprian Bluemood

Order of Saint Simon

Of Cycles and Transformation

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.        Ecclesiastes 1:9

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2

 

With the exception of technological advancements, mankind is caught in a hopeless cycle of thinking, saying, and doing the same things.  We are boastful, lustful, and selfish.  Each generation has a different means of expressing these wicked qualities.  But, none has been significantly better or worse than those before or those after.  If there is any evidence of a downward spiral, it is only because the elder generation arrogantly acts as if it had never been the younger and fails to reach out to them.

Higher Ground

Jesus Christ came into the world not to continue a cycle or spiral.  He came to give us mankind an upward direction.  With thought, speech, and action guided by the Holy Spirit, we can overcome any adversity, make the best of any hardship, achieve goals according to God’s will, and obtain meaningful success in this world.  In addition to these, Jesus also promises us eternal life in a kingdom that has no end.  The Ecclesiastical Preacher didn’t see this coming and, despite his great wisdom, he set the pattern for his kingdom to fall.  The Apostles beheld the Word Made Flesh and believers in  that Word are shining a great light of hope in a world of cycles and spirals of darkness.

If you are a believer, please let your light shine.  If you do not belive, please step into the light.

Your Brother In Christ,

Cyprian Bluemood

Order of Saint-Simon

Note:  This post was inspired by a You Tube video posted by Dan Freeman, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8QgN3Qo4Sk&list=LLuz2HZK6TW7LkzS10hMJBCA&index=1&feature=plpp_video.  His language is very vulgar.  But his point must not be taken lightly.

 

When Nothing Changes On New Year’s Day

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”  Revelation 4:8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LR1mweAxsI  I absolutely love this song and the album.

Too often we tend to expect change on January 1st.  For the most part, we do strive to approach the new year with a greater sense of optimism and purpose.  But, as we struggle with internal and external demons and don’t see better days, we tend to fall by the wayside within the first few months (if not weeks).  Constant world conflicts, political bickering in our individual nations, and the woes of banks and corporations also aid to squelch our hopes for positive changes.

The Eve Of Something Greater

Yet, on the island of Patmos, John saw a vision of celestial creatures describing the overall greatness of the Lord God.  He “was and is and is to come.”  Something that “was” is past.  Even if it were to be altered, time has a permanent record of that thing’s former state of existence.  John’s Gospel teaches us of the God and Word that “was” before anything else.  Something that “is” still exist.  We tend to rely on things that we can hold on to in times of despair and distress.  The disciples were greatly confused and saddened as Jesus spoke to them before the crucifixion.  But, he assured them that “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  The Lord that “was” and “is” provides a foundation for consistent optimism that is not dictated by a calendar.  Faith is what drives us to see new mercies morning by morning.  And there is no greater mercy than the promise that he “is to come.”  This world shall come to and end.   The lamb that was slain with lead the great multitude who belive in him to a reward of eternal life.

I bid you Happy New Year and pray that you will succeed in your resolutions.  When you find that nothing changes on New Year’s Day, have faith in  the Lord God who doesn’t change as well.

Your Brother In Christ,

Cyprian Bluemood

Order of Saint-Simon