In Jesus’ Name: Lamb of God

Much has been said this week about the fire at our beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. I say “our” because this house of worship has become so much to so many people across the globe. You don’t have to be French or Parisian or even Catholic to be utterly gutted by the sudden horror of seeing…

In Jesus’ Name: Great High Priest

As it is the eve of Palm Sunday, I had planned to post an image of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey and consider his name Lord and King. But the spirit decided otherwise and I was drawn into contemplation of this remarkable image by French artist James Tissot (1836-1902) which cast me…

In Jesus’ Name: Son of Man

 “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~ Matt 20:28 The Artist Carl Bloch was a friend of author Hans Christian Anderson. It is interesting to think of the most celebrated writer of fairytales as being a neighbor and friend….

In Jesus’ Name: The Good Shepherd

If you have been following this series you know that I am working my way through some of the names of Jesus found in scripture. These meditations are not meant as another version of what we are taught to believe about each name. Instead they are an attempt to unravel the hidden meanings that we…

In Jesus’ Name: Savior-Friend

“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.“~ Luke 19: 5 Wow! what a dramatic moment and such a beautifully rendered scene!! Alexandre Bida is known as a French Romantic who traveled…

In Jesus’ Name: Immanuel

Recently I learned there are over 350 names for Jesus and I began to wonder why this over indulgence in naming? Maybe it is because it is impossible to hold pure light in a jar and the exercise or rather the pleasure of considering each name is like looking through a different crystal prism to…

In Jesus’ Name: Son of God

When I was a child, I spoke as a child… How do we address Jesus? What do we call him most often? Do we visualize him as we speak to him in prayer? or do we speak directly to God and by pass Jesus only using his name to endorse our prayers? When I was…

A Sacrifice of Love

All this month I focused on just one painting of Rogier van der Weyden called “The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.”  I wanted to demonstrate how one painting could provide multiple perspectives and be worthy of extended meditation. I asked several friends of mine to comment on this painting using the following as their guide:  Community—Seasons—Sacrament— Sacrifice…

Looking to Christ as Our Healer

All this month, I am focusing on this painting by Rogier van der Weyden called “The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.”   I have asked several friends of mine, who just happen to be women pastors, to comment on this painting using the following as their guide:  Community—Seasons—Sacrament— Sacrifice — Cross— Christ  I asked them: “Like the…

Living Beneath the Cross

All this month, I am focusing on this painting by Rogier van der Weyden called “The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.”   I have asked several friends of mine, who just happen to be women pastors, to comment on this painting using the following as their guide:  Community—Seasons—Sacrament— Sacrifice — Cross— Christ  I asked them: “Like the…