morning bell: life begins

 

A new series of morning bell begins on Friday celebrating Greenbelt festival which is on this weekend. This is Greenbelt’s 40th year, and the theme is ‘life begins’. Every year the festival seems to offer us renewed inspiration and a vital sense of belonging as we seek to explore the Christ path with others in a complex world.

 

morning bell: life begins
morning bell: life begins

 

I’ve been taking still life images of pebbles for a while; this seems the right moment to bring some of them to morning bell. Life begins in stillness…

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morning bell: live tender with the earth

 

And indeed it was very good. This beautiful verdict on the creation of the cosmos is found in the book of Genesis, the great story of beginnings in the Jewish scriptures. As humanity becomes ever more dominant on the earth our need to recover our sense of the earth’s goodness becomes ever more vital. We  need to recover our long-lost sense of belonging to this good earth. And if the earth and its creatures are to flourish we need to re-imagine what it means to love and care for them. We need to live tender with the earth.

 

morning bell: live tender with the earth
morning bell: live tender with the earth

 

A new series of morning bell begins on Monday exploring these themes. The images were taken on a recent visit we made to the Eden Project in Cornwall, a brilliant and innovative venture that encourages us to love and care for the earth. If you get the opportunity, do visit the project – you will have a brilliant day. You can also engage with Eden via the website, facebook and twitter.

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The Transfiguration: full of light

 

 

The feast of the Transfiguration. This is a great day, full of possibility and giftedness…

 

The Saviour's Transfiguration, early15th C, Tretyakov Gallery, attributed to Theophanes the Greek
The Saviour’s Transfiguration, early 15th Century icon, from the Tretyakov Gallery, attributed to Theophanes the Greek

 

 

In a dazzling moment on the mountain God is revealed as Trinity: the Father’s voice, Jesus the Son transfigured, the Spirit presence in the cloud.

Jesus is revealed as the Christ – the ‘Small Epiphany’ after the great Epiphany of the Baptism of Jesus. He is still human, earthy, one of us – but he is also revealed to be divine, limitless, full of light and love. And so too transfiguration – deep change towards light and love – is revealed as a possibility in us and in the world.

But this is not just about us changing for the better (as important as that is). The Transfiguration reveals our true reality and destiny. For a moment our own humanity is broken open, and we glimpse our at-oneness with God, what theologians call ‘theosis’, our ‘deification’ and what St Peter described as ‘an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading.’ (2 Peter 1.4). You and I are full of divine light and love…

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morning bell: Transfiguration and the true nature of things

 

A new series of morning bell begins this week, marking the festival of the Transfiguration, the brilliant revelation in light of Jesus’ divinity. This festival is often ignored, but has always been loved and honoured in the Orthodox tradition. It is full of wisdom and possibility if we give it our attention. For more on the story itself go to one or more of the Gospel accounts (Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9).

 

 

morning bell for the Transfiguration: can we see the glory?
morning bell for the Transfiguration: can we see the glory?

 

The pictures were taken on an iphone in a very ordinary context. What is the true nature of things?

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