When I was a kid I thought I knew everything, so I was always complaining when my folks thought they knew better. "Don't play in the street!" they shouted, but it was so much fun. "You just got over your cold so don't go out without your coat!" "Don't complain about your test in school if you want to make anything of yourself someday." Their excuse for all my complaints was "Who brought you into this world? Who gives you something to eat? Who gives you a house to live in and a bed to sleep in?" How much more does God give us! So why don't we quit complaining?
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.