Transformation into Something Greater

Transformation into Something Greater

“Do not be frightened. He has been raised up, exactly as he promised.”

Silicon dioxide — aka sand.

Purify it, remove any traces of iron, and bleach it. Add limestone and sodium carbonate.  Heat it at 1700 degrees, until the sand melts. The result: glass.

Glass that can inspire as part of a cathedral’s brilliant stained glass window, or glass that can illuminate when blown into the form of an incandescent bulb, or glass so beautiful it takes your breath away in the form of magnifi­cent crystals.

But it starts with sand — sand that has now ceased to be sand and has instead given over its properties to create something even greater.

Tonight (Today), the Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His appearance to the women at the tomb. The resurrection of Jesus, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, is a fact which all the evangelists state clearly and unequivocally. Continue reading

Prosperity, Human Dignity, Reward, and Punishment

Prosperity, Human Dignity, Reward, and Punishment

“Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus received what was bad, but now he is comforted here, and you are in torment.”

Mattie Dixon lived all of her life in a small town. She didn’t have a will; she hadn’t taken care of anything before she died at the age of eighty-nine.

Mattie was a widow. She couldn’t have children; but she had some distant great grand-nieces, nephews, and cousins – maybe. They didn’t attend her funeral; they didn’t really know her. They didn’t know what to do; what would happen to the house, the property, the mementos and the personal effects and all!

Finally, the taxes and other bills had to be paid. So the auc­tioneer came, and strangers crawled around all the personal ef­fects of Mattie Dixon. There was her wedding ring, one of those heavy ones. When Mattie was alive, if you said to her, “Mattie, I love that ring, I’ll give you a thousand dollars for it,” she would turn that ring on her finger and say, “Fifty-six years of faithful marriage, and you want to buy this? I wouldn’t sell you this for ten million dollars!” Continue reading