Christ came into the world to forgive sin. This passage of scripture spoke to the heart of Augustine. While walking in the garden his heart was discouraged. His life at that moment was anything but saintly, and he desperately needed a new beginning. Feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit in his heart, he kept asking: "How long should I be in this horrible state of life?" He said that in that moment he heard a voice saying, "Take and read." He scurried back to where he had been reading Paul's letter to the Romans with his friend Alypius and began reading Romans 13:11-14.
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.