Joan Osborne's 1995 pop single "One of Us" asks questions that we don't want to know the answers to. "What if God was one of us?" "If God had a face, what would it look like? And would you want to see if seeing meant you have to believe?" The music video for the song shows a "face-in-the-hole" booth at a carnival. The cutout shows a flowing white beard and robe, like the depiction of Father Time at New Year's. In the course of the video, one person after another poses with their face in the cutout: children, adults, men, women, black, white, pierced, well-made-up. What if God was one of us?
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.