James Burns, Esquire, farmer in Ayrshire, Scotland had two sons -- James the elder, and Robert. He educated his boys well and looked forward to the day when they would succeed him and carry on the family tradition as farmers. James took over the task when his father grew old. But Robert spent much of his time scribbling little pieces of poetry and was gaining a reputation with the boys at the Tarbolton Inn. On his deathbed, the father blessed James and handed on to him the sole responsibility of the farm. But he was grieved about Robert. He never did and never would make a good farmer.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.