In his days as an Augustinian monk Martin Luther had a great fear of the Law as set forth in the scriptures. He simply could not live up to the demands of the Law as he understood it. Johann von Staupitz, his compassionate father-confessor, suggested he become a teacher of the scriptures and in the process he might find the solution to his problem. Luther proceeded to lecture on the Psalms: Paul's letters to the Galatians and the Romans. Especially this latter book, Romans, began to speak to him. In the fall of 1515 Luther lectured on Paul's Letter to the Romans.
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.