Put out into the deep and when you do, you’re going to find life, life coming up from the depth.
As you can see, this vision is filled with symbols. It appears that John intended his readers to see in the woman clothed with the sun the people of Israel or the new people of God. The twelve stars are one indication of that. They can be taken as representing the twelve constellations of the zodiac. But they can also be seen as symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles.
First, it signifies that the most glorious queen of heaven, the true spouse of God, was crowned in eternity. Mary received the promised “never fading crown of glory” because her life so perfectly resembled that of her Son’s and because she shared in all His sufferings. -1Peter 5:4
“Just as Joshua commanded the sun and the moon to delay their movements and just as Elijah commanded fire to come down from the sky and just as he opened the heavens to rain and then closed them, so Mary is able to command all things in all ways. O most high and most divine queen, on whose head there is a crown of 12 stars. Just as Christ commanded the winds and the sea, and they obeyed Him, just as He also commanded the dead to rise, so now it is given to Mary to do the same because she is granted divine authority and power and is made as a God to the world. It is just like when God said to Moses in Exodus 7:1: ‘See, I make you as a God to Pharaoh.’ The meaning of this gift of authority to Moses, and in a parallel way of the gift to Mary, is that God granted him the power and authority to do in Pharaoh’s kingdom what God could do in His own kingdom. In a similar sense God granted Mary, as the true spouse of the Almighty and the true mother of Christ, authority over the works of His hands. He conferred upon her the authority of the Almighty Himself in her power over heaven and made her mistress of the universe by deputation. Thus she stands at the right hand of God as the most high queen of heaven and earth: ‘At your right hand stands the queen in gold’ O queen above all men and above even the marvelous minds of angels! Who in the world will be able to find words to express in its proper dignity what kind and how great is this glory of the most high and holy queen?” (Ps. 45:9)
The most perfect crown of 12 stars represents the knowledge of all creatures. In addition the crown of 12 stars is the knowledge of all the mysteries of our own faith, the manifest divine truth of whose signs Mary most perfectly grasped and most fully understood beyond the elect, above all the apostles, and above all the angelic spirits. She understood these things to a higher degree than is even possible to contemplate, let alone express. Thus Mary advocates on our behalf in the presence of God those things which are most prudent for us.
For the Creative: A collective shock was felt when David Bowie passed this past Sunday, a couple days after his 69th birthday. Choir! Choir! Choir! teamed up with the Art Gallery of Ontario to pay tribute by singing their original arrangement of Space Oddity with 500+ singers. Performance was in Walker Court and here’s how it sounded, looked, and felt.
Interesting commentary found on Word on Fire Blog about Bowie’s death and his last works. His last album shows glimpses of hope for a starving soul.
quoted from the piece:”Most of us are familiar with Bowie’s life and know that, like many rock stars, he was was no paragon of moral virtue, and much of his art was morally questionable at best or downright blasphemous at worst. But despite all of this, he was nevertheless very human – he was searching for hope and meaning in a world that often denies both. Throughout his song, hopeful glimmers pierce through the darkness, especially the beginning and ending verses that serve as reassuring bookends…..We can take heart from this artistic glimpse of hope that David Bowie left us, as well as from these words that his wife wrote on Instagram shortly before the news of his death broke: “The struggle is real, but so is God.”
Best song on Black Star (in my humble opinion): I Can’t Give Everything Away
Epiphany means the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. Epiphany means reveal. The Feast celebrates the revelation of God revealing himself to mankind. As the real story goes, the King of the World is born and the three wise men go to see the baby Jesus. Following a star, the Magi find Jesus.
I was asked at Mass today what the INRI stands for above the cross while we celebrated the Epiphany of God’s reveal. In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the King of the Jews, both at the beginning of his life and at the end.
INRI found as an inscription above every crucifix represents the Latin inscription IESVS·NAZARENVS·REX·IVDÆORVM (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), in English reads as “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.”
Written to mock him, the chief priests said to Pilate,
“Write not, ‘The King of the Jews;’ but that he said, ‘I am King of the Jews’.” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
Some believe that the justification for his crucifixion was that he claimed an illegitimate title. However John 19:21-22 states that Pilate rejected the charge that Jesus was crucified because he falsely claimed to be king and instead stated that the reason Jesus was crucified was because he was the King of the Jews. Thus, Pilate personally was convinced that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah. This is further corroborated by the Eastern Orthodox Feast of Saint Pontius Pilate on June 25 since early church histories state that after converting to Christianity, Pilate himself was martyred by double crucifixion.
In light of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are offered an opportunity to encounter the incredible mercy of God. Encountering mercy means encountering God. The Epiphany, encountering God, can transform your life in every aspect, every experience, every relationship.
STTA (something to think about): Masonically INRI is read: “Igne Natura Renovatur Integra”. The regeneration of nature by the influence of the sun symbolizes the spiritual regeneration of mankind by the sacred fire (truth and love) of Masonry, a purely naturalistic institution.
To welcome the new year, we’re bringing you an amazing performance from two American banjo player legends, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck. They perform Hao Huo Hong literally meaning Good Flower Red.
The lyrics speak about the small red flowers that make up the blossoms of the pears trees on the mountains above the Yan River. Abigail Washburn relates the song’s history and the significance of the red flower in China:
“Hao Hua Hong is an age-old folk song from the native Buyi people who live in the high mountain forests of Guizhou. I learned the song from a record of the artist Gong Linna called Traditional Chinese Folk Songs. Every time this song would go by as I listened to her record I was moved by the quality of her voice and the idea of one small red leaf making a mountain to look of fire.”
Ways of Providence
If Christmas means that God is with us, that God is one of us, that God has come close, then we no longer have to be afraid. Afraid of anything. Go out and radiate the Light of Christ!
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
Begin with love and mercy. When God became incarnate in the form of Jesus, we received the incredible message that we are loved beyond calculation. God began with love and mercy and so should we.
Dawn is coming
Its always there
Look toward the Son