I have always loved the story of Elijah on top of Mt. Carmel calling down fire from heaven. He is one of my heroes. I confess, however, that I have not looked at the story of Jezebel though that story, too, has always been there. It is the flip side of the coin. Will you join me in my study?
The picture of all our family at the table was the crowning moment for this special occasion. Tears flowed from all the adults as I explained to the grandchildren that because” Poppy” and “Gammy” had fallen in love and said, “I do” all those years ago, they were all here today.
The feast of Pentecost encouraged the Israelites to leave the corners of their field so that the poor, the aliens, and the widows would have something to eat. Is it possible that Jesus benefited from this commandment?
Beginning with Moses and the Tabernacle and culminiating in the temples built by Solomon and Herod, God dwelt amongst his people in a place built by human hands. On a special day, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, God changed his address.
The hand was very symbolic in the ancient world representing an individual’s authority and serving as the instrument that carried out a person’s intentions. From Pharaoh to Caesar to Christ, the right hand was a symbol of authority and “to be seated at the right-hand” a place of honor.
An oft-told story of Michaelangelo’s hiring of an assistant to build St. Peter’s Basilica helps us understand our role in the God’s Kingdom.