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Old Testament

Behind Every Rock and Tree – An Allegory »

June 15th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, January 17, 2015  How is an allegorical interpretation of the Scriptures possible? In the fourth chapter of Galatians, St. Paul invokes the story of Abraham and his two sons, one born of a bondwoman (Hagar) and the other of a freewoman (Sarah).  As he prepares to draw a lesson from the story he says of it: “These things are an allegory.” He then proceeds to draw […]

The Thirty-Eighth Day of Christmas Advent. The Fiery Furnace of Christmas »

December 22nd, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman   The three youths, wise in God, who shone with joy in the furnace, proclaimed the birth of Christ on earth; For just as the Lord sent down a precious dew, He preserved from the flame her who gave birth; He keeps her undefiled and enriches her with divine gifts. Therefore, Daniel, pleasing to God, rejoiced and was glad, For having foreseen the stone from the […]

Face to Face—Beholding God »

July 14th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

My mind wandered back to these thoughts as I pondered the growing phenomenon of “selfies.” Of course, the “selfie” is the passion-driven distortion of the theology of the face – existence as ego. For the mystery of the face is not to look at myself, but to look at the other. You are God’s “selfie.” Ponder it. Nothing about the human body is as intimate as the face. We generally […]

Friday after Pentecost. “Common” is the Root of “Community” »

June 9th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need. Acts 2:43-45 In the Old Testament, we were introduced to the concept of the tithe, which is that ten percent of everything a person had was […]

Leave-Taking of the Ascension. The Holy Spirit Comes Down as Fire on All People »

June 2nd, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit […]