Among sea lions, mother sea lions leave their babies -- called "pups" -- to go hunting. When they return, both mother and pup call for each other. It's a bit like having your mother yell your name across a crowded playground. No matter how many seals are in the area, a pup will always recognize its mother's call, and vice versa. If the wrong pup approaches a mother sea lion, she will go so far as to chase it off; she is looking for her own pup, who knows her voice as well as she knows its voice. Instead of sea lions, Jesus talks to us about animals we are used to: sheep!
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.