In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

Stations of the Cross @ Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

  • Water in the Desert

    And so it goes…life on this planet is not possible without water. Same goes for external life. Baptism IS necessary for salvation. Water events, both in scarcity and abundance, require action and an enormous amount of reflection. It’s ironic that water is also reflective by nature and thus demands our attention; much like the human […] Read more

  • Marriage Blessed and Ordained by God Alone

    We find ourselves, as Godly people of faith, enmeshed in another social upheaval regarding marriage.  First, the Bible and church tradition has consistently defined marriage, Holy Matrimony, as between a man and a women. Why? Because man and woman were created for each other.    Societies since the beginning of time have adopted roles for […] Read more

  • Giving (and Receiving) Every Day…Not Just Tuesday

    I write today on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Designated a ‘Giving Tuesday’ that began a decade ago to raise awareness of the need to enact radical generosity in the hearts and souls of people. This movement has grown to become global in scope, while remaining locally focused. If you are like me, your inbox and […] Read more

  • God’s Provisions for Our Time in the Wilderness

    Reflection on Mark 1:9-15 In this Gospel passage, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ Baptism and immediate departure into the desert wilderness where Jesus will reside and be tempted by Satan. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the very Spirit of God, to a place where death was a very real possibility. He is […] Read more

  • Transforming the Continuum of Care

    Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 months…the global pandemic has resulted in inequitable panic, concern, and impulsive reactions among government officials and the ‘health care’ community. The reactions and fear have not been unfounded. Millions worldwide have been impacted and many have died as a direct result of the […] Read more

  • Christ The King

    We don’t often talk of kings much anymore in the US. After all we have been involved with this experiment called a democracy for a couple of centuries. In this form of government, there are no kings and are extensive guards and laws to prevent even our elected folks from acting like a king. So […] Read more

Forgive Me for Revealing Her Age….but KJV is 400 Years Old

An excerpt from a NY Times article:

Sometime in 1611, a new English Bible was published. It was the work of an almost impossibly learned team of men laboring since 1604 under royal mandate. Their purpose, they wrote, was not to make a new translation of the Bible but “to make a good one better, or out of many good ones, one principal good one.” What was published, 400 years ago, was indeed one principal good one: the King James Version of the Bible.

It’s barely possible to overstate the significance of this Bible. Hundreds of millions have been sold. In 1611, it found a critical balance in a world of theological conflict, and it has been beloved since of Protestant churches and congregations of every stripe. By the end of the 17th century it was, simply, the Bible. It has been superseded by translations in more modern English, translations based on sources the King James translators couldn’t have known. But to Christians all around the world, it is still the ancestral language of faith.

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What intrigues me most are the ending words….ancestral language of faith. For me the language of faith isn’t language spoken or written.  The language of faith is forgiveness – an act, a posture of extending grace and gift.  Yet, the KJV is the vehicle from which we learn that unwritten language.  So in some sense, every compilation of the translated texts of the Bible, like the KJV, bears some resemblance – at least in the indigenous language of the times – to the language of faith, especially as it portrays forgiveness.

Why pick forgiveness?  Perhaps it’s a blind ambition, but I have come to stake my life, my ministry, my call on the forgiving habit of God, especially in and through His Son – Jesus Christ.

When it comes to forgiveness, words tend to get in the way and often are the weapon of original intent when it comes to an act to be forgiven.  But words can also do some justice to forgiveness (pun intended) and those in the KJV have done that miraculously.

In the age of competing narratives for our life to be guided by – the KJV in all her glory and imperfections and by way of olde english idioms – has preserved and claimed for the world that the dominant narrative always has been and always will be that of Jesus Christ.  Through time, tribulation, translations and testaments – as well as the dubious actions of the church itself (crusades, WWII, Darfur, etc.) Christ in whatever language is the same – today, tomorrow and forever.

Today – in our life – may Christ be made known in the language of forgiveness – real, true and reconcilable – as much as is possible through sinners like me.

In the Word captured by the creators of KJV from Matthew 6:14-15:

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


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