Preparation Day 1
J ohn 4:1-14
The Living Water is the Holy Spirit sent by the Father in the Name of the Son. Our soul receives it
at Baptism, confirms it at the age of reason and then most of us slowly cover it with mud and filth
until it may as well not be there at all. The Living Water both washes away the contamination and
nourishes the soul as something that can grow. The other metaphor that contrasts with that of the
Living Water is that the soul develops cavities or voids through the corrosion of sin and can only be
filled with Charity towards God, our neighbor and ourselves.
J ohn 10:1-21
The false shepherds before Christ were thieves because all they knew was the type of magical
thinking that attempts to gain control over nature utilizing the spells and incantations of the priestly
caste. I don’t paint the Buddha with this large brush because I believe God opened his eyes to nature
for a reason known only to Him. Gautama never claimed divinity and it wasn’t until his disciples
were long dead that the priestly caste were able to institutionalize the belief system. Siddhartha
brought a certain amount of peace to the world.
The false shepherds after Christ were also more concerned with power than with salvation. These
include Mormons and Pentecostalists among other ‘non-denominational’ groups. I definitely include
the prophet of Islam among these false shepherds. Being a U.S. citizen, it behooves me to protect
the rights of everyone and to be friendly and supportive of all these organizations; but they should all
become Catholic nevertheless.
L uke 5:27-32
It is not by chance that the tax collector is named Levi, the tribal name of a priestly caste. The
opposing antagonists are in parallel, tax collectors and Pharisees. There are also two groups of
disciples, those of Christ, who feast and those of the Pharisees, who fast. The sinner who is aware of
his guilt has a burning heart while others, who are oblivious to the state of their own souls, have
insipid hearts. The repentant will sacrifice for the sake of their salvation while the well adapted
bourgeoisies are unconcerned with the state of their souls.
M ark 12:1-12
Again at first blush this seems to be another class issue between owners and the dispossessed but we
are saved from this by the mystic key. The owner is He Who created the means of our livelihood.
He sent his servants, the prophets to claim what is His, that is our souls, and they were abused or
killed. Then He sent His Son who was killed over the inheritance, salvation. Finally the Father
comes for the final judgment, destroys the usurpers and gives the vineyard, which is Heaven, to
those who are meek hand humble.
M ark 9:14-29
This well known medical condition is treatable nowadays by doctors as it should be, but it does no
harm to consider anything dissonant in our lives to be the work of demons. Perhaps the many cures
our doctors have is a result of them fasting and praying, staying up late in reading and dedicated
study, were foretold by Christ. None of this, of course, explains how Jesus cured by his voice and
his touch and that the disciples were later able to do the same. The one thing of which I am sure is
that we are called to fast and pray; some of us for repentance and for others, spiritual preparation.
M atthew 14:13-21
Now of course the reasonable things to assume would be that the charismatic Jesus so inspired the
crowd with brotherly love that all those who brought picnic baskets for a family outing in the
countryside were inspired to share their food with everyone. This is indeed an interpretation used by
the left liberal schools of Sabbath Economics and ‘Binding the Strong Man’. I sympathize with
these types of exegesis except that they are blind to the mystic. A lesser man than Jesus would still
be in a state of anger having just heard the news of his cousin John’s murder, but the Son appealed to
His Father the Creator and Master of space and time and behold, secretly, unnoticed by all, the
loaves and fishes became superabundant. End of story.
L uke 15:1-32
The core idea might be that the 99 were left in favor of the one, a parable of the collective versus the
individual, but this ignores the mystic. Every single lonely being is as super-significantly important
as the other billions of us together, though this is not to say that God does not play favorites; there
might have been something special about this one particular sheep.
The woman’s joy at having found, in her forgetfulness, what had she misplaced, was worth so much
more than the coin, that it spilled all over those who were near to her; the same with the father of the
two prodigal sons.
Preparation Day 2
L uke 11:1-13
According to St. Augustine, a scholar who was encyclopedic in his including all known perspectives,
in his Discourses, characterizes the Our Father not as a prayer, but as a recipe for composing both
internal and external prayers. It is a seven layer cake.
P salm 139 (for me, 138) is called the Hound of Heaven and as far as I can tell, is the only scriptural
reference that lends any weight to the criminality of abortion. It is, however sufficient. I am anti-
abortion and pro-choice; I will not be manipulated into casting the first stone; live with it. War,
however is another matter, even though I can’t rule out that mutual conflagration might actually be,
like tornadoes and earthquakes, ‘Acts of God’ and, even if this were to be the case, I believe I will
ultimately be judged empty darkness by any complicity with it. I am more inclined to believe, tragic
as they may be, that wars are the ultimate market failure rather than management melt-down.
M atthew 6:25-34
I am uncommonly detached from materialism. I have not had a TV in nine years, no internet, no car
since 1985. Fortunately, dressing down is American, even for the wealthy. According to my
mother, may she rest in our Loving God, I have been generous to a fault and I have not since
changed in that regard, but I am acutely aware that I fall far short of what Christ expects of us. As a
young hippy I spent two weeks hitchhiking out West with only a quarter in my pocket for an
emergency phone call. I got hungry sometimes, but have since discovered the joy of fasting. I have
known or met many people who give no thought to the near future, sure that God would provide.
Dorothy Day is one among countless saints and servants of God who lead the way. But now I can
contrast the diamond hard security of a Trappist monastery with the stark fear of want in the illusory
‘real’ world. I have the same fear of geriatric poverty as have billions of others. God help me with
my puny fears.
I saiah 43:1-7
Many people think of Isaiah as a New Testament text. Christ constantly pops up in the Old
Testament, unrecognized by the cultural milieu. We can understand from the starting verses that
God is crazy made in love with us, like every youthful crush of all of humanity over all the ages
compacted into one single heart throb expressed in the ‘now’. He is stalking us, something that is
illegal in this country. As far as the gathering of the tribes to Israel, well, that is politically
problematic to the degree that human rights organizations everywhere are scandalized. Why is it
that the most conservative Israeli rabbis do not recognize the Zionist state? Because it is the work of
man rather than God. What’s a fella to do when he has both Jewish and Palestinian friends, and
stubborn ones at that?
P salm 139
Everything I have ever thought or experienced has been Providence, including the parts I would like
to forget, as my Loving Father has already forgotten. Are my sins greater than God’s Mercy?
Hardly. (Catherine of Sienna)
Preparation Day 3
L uke 4:16-30
The Pax Romana is not mentioned specifically here, but only understood in the context of the whole
Gospel. Here is merely mentioned the Syrian general from a previous empire. Jesus had to learn
how use His human body to walk and talk, but he did not have to study the Bible, simply because He
Himself wrote every word of it. The crowd seems a bit bi-polar, as mobs can be, but I would need to
ask a linguist’s impression of ‘passing through the midst of them’, whether he gave them a willful
look that stunned them into making way for him, or did he walk through some individuals as perhaps
would a wraith. Either could be separate mystical understandings.
P salm 103 - Psalm of Worship
Using Augustine’s notion of the Our Father as a template for prayer, we have here an abundance of
human hallowing of the Name of Our Loving Father Who sends forth from heaven our daily bread in
the form of a superabundant natural world; nothing of the kingdom to come or Deus Vult unless we
consider that humans may understand that heaven is at least as good as the idealized earth here
portrayed; perhaps our forgiving of the sins against us in the knowledge that it is God who punishes
the trespasser and the only temptation is the possibility of an insane refusal to thank God for his
generous fecundity. He does indeed deliver us.
H osea 11:1-4
According to the desert fathers, Israel is the soul, loved by God since long before its creation, Egypt
is the corruptible world. The idea of being called into union with God and abandoning the world
scares many people even farther into the illusory world of the flesh. Only by holding onto the hand
of our loving Father has this silly species lasted this long in our walk through evolution, most often
without knowing Who it is that bends down to feed us. I don’t know what ‘yoke on their jaws’
signifies. I take it to mean that God mercifully intervenes in the constant jabbering that we take for
speech as slaves in the market place of the world and inspires us to silent compunction.
J ob 1:21
In tribal societies, we belong to the elders; in a socialist society, we belong to the collective; in any
military unit, we belong to the state; in a capitalist society we belong to ourselves, we own
ourselves: all of these notions are false. We belong to God, even when we are sinning.
J ob 38-40, 38, 39, 40:1-5
God is here like the psychiatrist who tries to bring the patient out of his tragic delusions of grandeur
and into the timeless orthodoxy of one single truth; God, without which insanity reigns in chaos,
bloody conflict and the tearful wails of children. I’m guessing the ostrich is from Sheba.
I saiah 45:7-13
These are a mystic keys that can be used to unlock other parts of Scripture; a spiritual Rosetta stone,
if you will, that will enable you to discern from where come the individual vices and virtues. The
Desert Fathers used keys such as these to cut clear paths and post signs for the soul to follow on its
journey to God. On reading about the clay pot and the potter I had an odd notion of laboratory mice
being genetically engineered for better or worse, and their inability to negotiate with the researchers.
Preparation Day 4
E phesians 1:3-14
Paul had always to justify his apostleship to other Christians because of the fact that he had never
met Christ, the teacher who preached the gospel to the Twelve in the greatest verbal detail, by day
and long into the night, and demonstrating His lessons through his acts. Paul’s encounter with God
was purely through the mystic. Ever since, the rest of us have been caught up in justifying our
existence to others either by argument from authority or by visible philanthropy, and sometimes by
both. Verse twelve gave plenty of ammunition to John Calvin. If some of us have been destined for
salvation then why bother; no effort is required of us and intention is meaningless. The End.
2 Corinthians 5:14-18
It starts out badly in vainglory, something the Desert Fathers warned us about spiritual sin being
worse than the sins of the flesh, but he quickly rights himself in the Mystic. Sartre was right about
existence in the world being absurd, and if that were not enough, we have it from Paul. If we exist
for others, it is only through the mind of Christ; living for yourself is out of the question and so we
see others seeing us through the mind of Christ, which is a bit trickier because of a lack of trust in
the world. Hence the monk leaves the world to be alone with God; but not Paul. He has been sent
out into the world, like Ignatius. It is the difference between living for God and living in God.
R omans 8:14-17, 26-27
We are sometimes asked; ‘Are you slave, servant or son of God’ and some consider these three to be
exclusive. They are as inclusive as are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In another theme, all of
creation; past, present and future is reaching out for Christ from the deepest center of the smallest
sub-atomic particle; an idea that was promoted by Tiellard de Chardin. The last theme can be
prickly; as in predestination versus free will. While some are dragged kicking and screaming into a
state of Grace, others labor and exert themselves, climbing slowly up a mountain to place themselves
as a holocaust on God’s altar.
L uke 15:11-32
When I was younger I thought that the younger son was the chief protagonist and only when I was
much older did I think that the elder son was the point of the parable, in parallel with that which had
the workers in the vineyard receiving the same wage, regardless of the hours worked. Now, at last, I
understand that it was the father who gave us the lesson such as leaving the 99 to find a cause for
celebration at recovering the one lost sheep, though it might have reflected worldly wisdom better if
that sheep would have ended up as the main course.
L uke 13:10-17
Do we live for the law or does the law exist for us? Some people need the law to restrain them in
their greedy passions, and thank God for that law. Others love the Author of the law and anticipate
His Word such that the law never need be invoked. Some people glory in the law to feed their need
to control and dominate others.
Preparation Day 5
E phesians 2:1-10
While I do not believe in spirits of the air, for all practical purposes, they may as well exist if this
helps to localize vast numbers of neuronal physical and electrical connections. While we are dead in
the flesh we live in habitual patterns of neuronal firing that conform to ‘the world’ with swarm
intelligence in a suicidal ballet. It is only when we are alive in the mind of Christ that we are able to
remold this pattern to conform to the Divine Kingdom, where every neuron firing is an act of free
love that melts the hearts of all around us; a holy dance of thanksgiving for our Creator.
G enesis 22:1-19
This is perhaps the most difficult passage in the Bible and is a fulcrum for everything else in the
sacred narrative. I could ask, ‘What would a 911 dispatcher say at the report that there was a man
with a knife who was about to cut his son’s throat?’ or perhaps I might say, “Our Loving God would
never command such a thing, so this must be the voice of a demon.” This story, just as it is,
provides the kind of super-symmetry necessary to balance the Godhead sacrificing His Only
Begotten Son for us. But the desert fathers provide us with the mystical key that unlocks all such
mysterious passages. Abraham is our soul and Isaac is our earthly persona who must be completely
sacrificed before we can see the Face of the Living God. We must disdain every earthly being,
including those closest to us.
I saiah 6:1-13
The six wings are the Trinity with one wing each, one in heaven and the other on earth. The face is
that of the Father; the feet are those of Jesus who walked the earth, and the Holy Spirit flies. The
burning coal is the Scriptures which cleans the filth off the lying lips of worldly man. Look around
and see us with fat hearts, heavy ears and the closed eyes, blind souls, lost in the flesh. The cities
are the virtues, emptied and desolate. The tree represents the earthly vices and the stump that of the
spiritual sins, pride and vainglory which must be burnt down to its roots.
R omans 8:28-39
When all earthly impulse is eliminated, the body, heart and mind are at complete rest like the
Buddha contemplating the What, while the Christian contemplates the Who. Some of us die every
day, like sheep at a meat packing plant. It is not painless. Suffering is the fuel that propels spiritual
growth. You’ve got to pay your dues, if you want to sing the blues. Crying, in whatever kind of
pain, turns into tears of joy, Job in bliss. Paul has zero doubt about this, having experienced it first
hand in a flash of illumination. Being justified means being in the exact spiritual posture intended
by God, in space, time and eternity, whether in a monastery or among the outcasts of the world.
Preparation Day 6
R omans 7:14-25
A difficult, but key passage. Taking advantage of modern anthropology and the structured
observation of primates, we can see all sorts of raucous behavior that would by consensus be
considered sinful in the human species but is certainly not sinful for the apes. Then comes the law
and the resulting self-awareness of our own species and behold; we have all sorts of sin, and that is
good for humans, even holy. If we want to be good then we have more sin. If we want to be holy,
then we are awash in sin. The holier we are, the more we are aware of sin. Is there nothing to do but
declare unconditional war on the flesh by the spirit? Perhaps, but this strategy can lead either to
despair of being good or cruelty to the flesh. We consider cruelty to animals to be sinful and so it is
sinful to be cruel to the flesh, even in the name of the spirit, else several cruel and insidious heresies
with their concomitant persecutions may result. Evil in the name of Good. We were blind to this
until we internalized the law which before Christ was external. Deus vult!
H ebrews 2:5-13
Angels minister to us and not we to them, but we pray to the angels and saints for their protection
and intersession with our God, who was unapproachable, but now through our savior Jesus Christ,
who was brought closer to us than we to ourselves. Christ shows us the rock solid fraternal
solidarity, even in suffering and death that we now aspire to show to our brothers and sisters
everywhere in His Name.
J ohn 1:1-18
Though the known universe may be but a single grape on a bunch hanging from an endless vine, let
us be limited to what we might imagine; that the big bang was but a single word in an endless
narrative. After all, what language does the Trinity speak to each other, other than Love, which is
difficult to imagine as discrete functional packages that we call ‘words’? Consider that the entire life
of Jesus and all his acts are but a single word, or more likely, shorthand for the entire narrative.
Then what are we, punctuation marks? Is our salvation a question mark? Perhaps the last day will
be an exclamation point. Are we the paper it is written on? It is certain that we have not written this
word. Perhaps then we are the reader, or maybe just listening to someone else read.
D euteronomy 30:15-20
As for the literal interpretation, I will leave that for the Orthodox Jews and the Zionists to debate
each other until the coming of the Kingdom of God. In the mystical interpretation of the Desert
Fathers, the land of Israel is the union of the soul with God; if we obey the Law, not as slaves nor of
servants, but as the beloved children of the Lawmaker; otherwise we will languish in the afflictions
of the flesh and die along with it.
First Week, Day 1
L uke 10:18
Jesus said he saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven and every time we succumb to any of the
vices we do the same thing; fall. We are not expelled. Either we are one with God or we are not and
if not then we have already fallen and only God’s grace can lift us up to make the ascent again
before we die. Satan is the personification of damnation, which I liken to a pure vacuum devoid of
heat and light or anything created, not even space or time. In outer space one might be killed by the
vacuum, but a vacuum is nothing. The worst torture that could exist would be to be dead, but totally
aware that our nothingness, stripped of both life and free will, would never be able to turn toward
God again, not for all eternity, and to hopelessly burn with our own shame forever.
In Jewish orthodoxy, Satan sits at the left hand of God as the prosecuting attorney. I say we are all
potentially Satan and we see him walking the earth anytime our God-given intelligence completely
serves the flesh, when we become the ultimate top-predator.
1 Corinthians 15:21
Adam traded in God for Creation, cleverly thinking that he might get the better part of the bargain,
but without God, he died, even before the corruption of his body. God pitied the moron, so He sent
his Son to show him how to be a man. The preparations for this took generations, but the obstinacies
of his progeny were no match for God’s mercy and kindness, until finally He showed us how to rise
from the dead, and one by one we ascend the stairway to heaven, some of us in tears on our
L uke 12:20
We are forbidden to call any of our brethren a fool; that is reserved for God, and being called a fool
is kinder than other pejoratives He could use to describe the rich man before us here. If only those
profiting from agribusiness would heed these words. This rich man sells himself short, the pleasures
of the flesh in place of heavenly bliss, not only after death, but to some degree even in this life.
M atthew 25:34,41
At first blush I want to ask about usury on behalf of the exploiter who does not give a fig about those
without livelihoods gnashing their teeth in the darkness, but let us interpret with mystic charity as we
do with the Old Testament. God distributes health and ability according to His own plan, which is
bigger than the mind can conceive. If God has endowed us with a degree of intelligence, we must
understand that He gave it not just for ourselves but for all God’s creation and He expects us to
leverage it for the salvation of souls. Others, less spiritually astute, live in slavish fearful jealousy of
the Endower of all and remain in the dark, without regard for His Divine Plan.
First Week, Day 2
J ohn 21:17
Here Peter gives away the plot: Jesus knows everything. Many believe that Jesus, albeit perfectly,
knew only what could be the experienced as a mortal man. Peter believes that Jesus in not only
telepathic and prescient, but literally, all knowing.
L uke 9:25
This question; following the previous statement, are keys to the rest of scripture. The answer is
obvious from celebrity media coverage. The rich and famous are as miserable as the rest. Many
people living in simple subsistence agricultural societies are happier than many of the affluent,
unless of course the affluent are sharing their misery with them through exploitation. Actually,
people living simple lives have less to distract them from God and his creation. It is a question of
idolatry. Those who worship wealth worship misery, and gain it for themselves and for others. Flee
from the possessions that chain you to death.
M atthew 11:23
After the clarion call to the Baptist’s disciples had echoed for a while, Christ gets down to
consequences. He begins to equate grace given for grace received in a way that is flattering to none
but seems to favor South Lebanon, people of the Book, but not Jews. Jesus’ message seems to
resonate more in Sidon and Tyre even though more grace had been bestowed on Capernaum than
they, enough to ransom Sodom and Gomorrah. Live the light or wither in the dark.
First Week, Day 3
J ude 6
We are brought to a halt by the reminder that we have already been fully informed but have .refused
to understand. We hear that angels have free will and that some preferred to worship that will rather
than God’s, which they flaunted, frolicking until they were brought to account and chained. Myself,
I only hear the click of the lock at the last breath of Christ at which point our eyes popped opened
and we awoke from the dream of the beast, and are now fully aware of the reality of truth.
We would nod off with narcolepsy and sleep the slumber of mammals again and again. The
prophets of old would shake us so that we might awake, with limited results, but finally at the
crucifixion, a bolt of lighting has jarred us awake enough to be vigilant throughout the night, waiting
for Christ’s return and the start of the wedding feast. Not all remained awake however, but startled
at the reveille of festal music they were too ashamed to seek entrance.
2 Samuel 11:1-12:15
I have no confidence that if I were the most powerful man and I desired the most beautiful women in
the land that I would not find some way to have my way with her, but to have her husband killed was
not only low, but really stupid. He must have been out of his mind with lust. The devil has nothing
to do with it; lust is that powerful. But to implicate his closest supporter along his warriors is too
outrageously ignorant to stay in power. I imagine Herod demoralized a lot of his political supporters
after killing so many babies.
L uke 18:9-14
To say that “I am in control of my salvation” is insane. To make this assumption about more
mundane matters is often illusory as well.
I use the previous eight lines along with the last lines of the Lazarus and the rich man to describe
what I conclude from Servant of God Luisa Picarretta.
J ohn 1:8-2:2
This is a brief synopsis of Jesus’ circle of friends. Some people think that Jesus picked his followers
at random. It’s a small country and John and Jesus being cousins, their two groups of friends and
relatives must have overlapped to some degree along with the other 70 disciples. It is my view that
things began to gel from the Annunciation onwards. Impetus had been growing and the cake was
baked in time for the wedding. From then on Jesus was a marked man. I wish I new whose wedding
This is a repeat of Day One of the Preparation Week; what can I add to that? Perhaps I can consider
the three situations as one question.
One sheep was lost, well, 99 is still a lot of sheep; the shepherd can live with that. The woman still
had 9 silver coins; more than some people have. She’ll forget about it and be just fine. The farm
owner still has his farm and a son and servants to help him; more than many people have. Nobody
need worry about him. So what’s the point?
Is it helpful to consider that the shepherd was careless, the woman forgetful and the farmer a
negligent father? All three felt incomplete. None were in full possession of their own soul. What
could make them whole? Their anguish might be secret. Others might not be aware of their loss.
All three may have prayed to God to be made whole like a leper or cripple might. The blissful leper
and cripple could be sure that a miracle had occurred, while the first three could not be sure that
Divine intervention had been granted but felt thankful anyhow.
L uke 7:36-50
Setting aside all the hypocrisy, we might be fine upstanding citizens, admired by many and lulled
into a sense of being blest and justified in the sight of God. The mystic though would be fully aware
of his alienation and be in a fever, yearning and pleading with tears for Christ, his spiritual Spouse.
To whom then will God be attentive?
First Week, Day 4
L uke 8:26-39
The rational man on hearing of demons being expelled may fall back on whatever he may know
about psychiatry and wonder how a medical regime might bring a damaged mind into harmony with
society. This is usually frustrated by instantaneity of the cure. How then are all these synopses
being realigned within a heartbeat? It’s a half-baked idea, but I think that Christ is building our
spiritual bodies; for most of us over a lifetime and not incrementally, but in spurts, large and small.
Was the auroric body of this madman rebuilt in a moment and his physical body conformed to it as
at the Resurrection? Was his madness a necessary part of his salvation? We are not told, but did
any of the people that Christ cured ever sin after that?
I saiah 43:1-7
Are these verses foretelling the gathering of the tribes of Israel into Zion? This point is hotly
debated among Orthodox and Reformed Jews. Or do they foretell the most radical political
paradigm shift to a utopic realignment of all peoples under the Kingship of Christ? The political
power of the world is paid in ransom for the Kingdom of God.
For the desert fathers, Egypt meant worldly power and Ethiopia and Sheba were a part of Solomon’s
earthly empire. Specifically, Egypt meant gluttony and the four directions were each one of the
vices or one of the cardinal sins. When all these are defeated and His sons and daughters, the
virtues, are brought back into Israel, which is the soul, the Kingdom of God shall reign forever.
E zekiel 28:1-19
These words are simply the warnings of an inspired political pundit of the coming nemesis of
Phoenician hubris. They were cousins of Judea and Israel, the western anchor of the China Silk
Road, extending as far as Carthage and the Atlantic coast of Iberia. They became so infatuated with
their imperial wealth that they lost their soul and were in turn conquered by Persians, Greeks and
Romans just as, for the same reason, were the people of Solomon’s empire. The same thing happens
to the grasping individual soul and ends in bondage to worldly power.
E zekiel 36:25-32
These lines in isolation describe the sacrament of confession, its refreshing cleanliness and the
penance which follows.
In context with the earlier lines, these describe the Kingdom of God after the rise and fall of empires,
including, for us, the one we live in now.
The mystical interpretation is similar to that of confession, but as a continual and enduring attitude, a
way of life. Virtue cleanses vice by the Will of God.
J ohn 8:31-45
This chapter is one of the meatiest in scripture in that Christ bears witness to himself.
I’m puzzled that the sympathetic Jews state that they, being descendants of Abraham, have never
been in bondage to anyone. Denial is a river in Egypt.
How often has the aphorism ‘the truth will make you free’ been abused by patriots? The desert
fathers got it right.
H ebrews 10:26-31
A covenant is a contract, the result of negotiation. Whether we can negotiate with God is an open
question. It’s not something I ever expect to do lest I be shamed. A slave does not quibble with his
Owner. Servants negotiate, at first, but then less and less. It is unseemly for a son to negotiate with
Some need the law written, because they cannot remember it. Some must memorize it so that they
know what not to do. Those who live it need not bother.
M atthew 25:31-46
There are similar stories elsewhere. In Hinduism, Vishnu has been recounted as taking on the
earthly form of someone in distress as a test for mortals. In monotheism, everyone is at one time or
another in dire need, hoping for help from above if they cannot find it around them. The champion
of widows and orphans is seen as a grace from God, which he or she may well be.
Second Week, Day 1
E phesians 1:3-14
For me, this is about Paul himself. He received his divine understanding in a flash, but when and
how did he receive his knowledge? Where did he get his words? He must have interrogated several
of the apostles, among the twelve or among the seventy. His words seem to roll of his pen as if
made of whole cloth, but my intellect tells me that there is no possible way that he could have made
up anything that is recorded in scripture. His words have the ring of Truth, and perhaps more
important for us, the insight that incites.
H ebrews 2:5-13
The basic premise is based in mystic truth for both Jesuits and Cistercians. Two become one, all
become one, the mystical body, which for Muslims (those who submit) is called the Uma, with this
difference: we give unto Caesar only what pertains to him while our Muslim brethren meld both God
and Caesar being one in the caliphate. From there both do the work of God, which for Cistercians
means both singing and providing their own sustenance, while for the Jesuits it means mastering the
leverage of long term social power by means of donations from fellow Catholic militants.
M atthew 4:18-25
Here Jesuits and Cistercians go opposite directions at once. Jesuits leave their own little polity
(Nazareth/Navarre) for greater centers of power (Capernaum/Rome) while Trappists leave whatever
polity to search for Jesus in the wilderness as did the desert fathers.
The gathering of disciples, which for some was seemingly at random, was an exercise in type casting
as a demonstration of the capacities of humankind. The seventy provided long term support for the
project. Peter and Judas were the key recruits; and then there was John, whom Jesus loved.
C orinthians 15:20-28
Things fall apart, we are broken in many ways, but when God dispenses with time and space we
shall be repaired and this will be reparation to God. Verses 27 and 28 might seem to be a circular
argument unless we understand that when Christ puts himself under the feet of His Father, He is
being more than an obedient Son, He is showing us by example, out of love, silly creatures that we
are, how to go about serving the Father by being obedient children. Unless we are so taught, we
might die forever. Thanks be to God and glory to His Name.
Second Week, Day 2
L uke 1:26-38
Well before Adam and Eve, even before the first hydrogen atom came into being, creation had been
waiting for this moment. Moreover, just in case the crux of it had been missed, an angel then plainly
pointed out the essence of God’s reality for us, his creation. John in his mother’s womb was not
jumping for joy alone. Every leaf of every tree waved alleluias. Dolphins in their hundred leaped
into the air. Hope tingled in the heart of every child. Every suffering spirit breathed a sigh of relief.
J ohn 1:1-18
That the darkness cannot overcome light shows a modern understanding of physics. Darkness has
no effect whatsoever on light; only obstruction or distance can dim it. Until the Muslim physicists a
few centuries before Isaac Newton, the general understanding of human sight as handed down by the
Greek philosophers was that the eye cast a beam of sorts to apprehend the shapes of things in the
world. That light is something received is a modern notion that only began with the birth of Christ.
John is the Church militant like the Jesuits, though he fled the sinful world for the wilderness.
Mantras have been around for millennia and that the very Name of God was in itself Holy is one of
the corner stones on which Mother Church was built.
These verses were also a clamorous warning not to confuse the creature with the Creator.
P hilippians 2:6-11
Paul here issues a clarion call for orthodoxy in the budding Bride of Christ, that she be of one mind
and obedient to her husband. This, of course, has nothing to do with equal pay for equal work,
which is only just, but with the certainty that there exists only one Truth, almost Platonic in its
perfection, but neither form nor idea and certainly nothing at all static. We, the Bride of Christ, are
only such in that we conform unequivocally to the Mind of Christ. Paul will not recognize anything
but a unity, catholic to all, believers or not. Anything at all that is not the Will of the Father, as
taught by His Son, is insanity, sickness and death.
Second Week, Day 3
L uke 2:1-7
This matter of fact narration of historical events contains only one obvious lesson, which is to render
unto Caesar. They obeyed to command to go to Bethlehem. Caesar had no idea that he was
fulfilling prophesy. It is important for liberation theologists that their was no room at the inn
because they were too poor. There is a simpler explanation: the inn keepers had already let all the
rooms, that is ‘there was no place for them in the inn.’ Perhaps they should have faxed their
I will make an attempt at a mystical interpretation. Don’t fuss with the system; you don’t have
enough time to do that and fast, be vigilant, watching for the Lord with tearful prayers. Leave the
world behind and go forth in supplication to Mary who will bring her Son into your heart and mind.
Second Week, Day 4
L uke 2:22-38
We are all Simeon, waiting, waiting at the entrance till the hoary frost of old age, with profound
hunger, deep thirst and thundering expectancy for Our Lord God, Redeemer; delayed by hallowed
customs, pregnant with new meanings that were old, but hidden…until then.
M atthew 2:13-18
These days the coming of the Messiah is a belief, while in the time when Mary came of age, it was
certain knowledge. It’s just that we were hoping to have some control over the situation. Such
hubris. Abject cruelty and the howling pain of screaming mothers, while the angels gathered up the
souls of the innocent.
Second Week, Day 5
Luke 2:39-40, 51-52
Second Week, Day 6
Second Week, Day 7