Soundings

By Father David Fisher

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Want to learn more from different perspectives about our lessons? Soundings is a an opportunity for our Clergy to provide different insights into our readings and scripture. You may not always agree with the Clergy's interpretations. But that is why Soundings was created. To invite thoughtful discussion. You are welcome to email the author of each article to provide your comments. Welcome to Soundings!




Easter Wings

By Father David Fisher

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Easter Wings

By George Herbert

Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
Though foolishly he lost the same,
Decaying more and more,
Till he became
Most poore:
With thee
O let me rise
As larks, harmoniously,
And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

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Stations of the Cross

By Father David Fisher

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About “Stations of the Cross: Lema Sabachthani” by Barnett Newman

Stations of the Cross: Lema Sabachthani is a series of 14 black and white paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Initially, when Barnett Newman completed the first two canvases, he knew that he wanted to further develop the theme and create more similar paintings. Only after creating the fourth painting in 1961, did he come to realize the subject and the layout of the series. The subject of Stations of the Cross refers to imagery that depicts Jesus Christ on the day of the crucifixion.

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What Did They Expect To See?

By Father David Fisher

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What did John’s two disciples; the Greeks who asked Philip if they could see Jesus; and Pontius Pilate - when Jesus was brought before him - expect to see? In these texts from John and Mark, expectations play a role in seeing. John was standing with t wo of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’

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What's a Serpent Doing in the Story?

By Father David Fisher

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Not the first serpent described in Genesis, but a bronze serpent apparently made by Moses at God’s command to cure Israelites from poisonous snake bites. In Numbers 21: 9 we read “The Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

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What Kind of Reader Are You?

By Father David Fisher

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Are you drawn to re-reading novels or short stories in which you already know the ending? Or, as a borrower or purchaser of unread fiction, do you peek ahead to the ending before deciding whether to invest the time and energy demanded for navigating through the entire work? Or, finally, do you simply begin at the beginning, hoping/trusting in the narrator to lead you to a satisfactory ending? These questions are central as we anticipate the conclusion of Lent and the beginning of Eastertide.

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