Via Negativa: Dark Matter — A Matter of Perspective

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

How many times have you felt like a corpse
and then came back and told a good joke,
that made us all laugh?

And did you ever swear off dancing and then
there you were one day, twirling about again?

And how many times has your soul felt empty
and then maybe, a temple for all near you became?

Bring those, anything you have cherished, to the
forefront of your mind’s view, where they belong
as a testament to your destiny.

Some pendulum which you have bought a ticket on
rocks this way and that.
You can get off. Become more centered.
— Hafiz

In our Jesus story (Matthew 14:22-33), we find our guy out for a morning stroll across the lake. Not around the lake, or down by the shore … but actually ON the lake.

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Via Negativa: Dark Matter – Vision Matters

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story (John 9:1-7, 13-17), we find our guy in the middle of a story that the traditional Christian church loves to take literally.

When we see Jesus heal a man who had been blind from birth, traditional theologies say this is proof that Jesus was more than just a guy who had gotten his ego out of the way and was in touch with his true self. No, they say, these miracle stories prove he was God in the flesh.

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Via Negativa: Dark Matter — Today Matters

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story (Matthew 18:21-35), we find our guy giving a little math lesson to his disciple Peter, who wants to know exactly how many times we should extend forgiveness to someone.
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Via Negativa: Dark Matter — Animals Matter

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story (Matthew 6: 25-33), we find our guy centuries ahead of modern day scientists. He knows, instinctively, that watching creation at work is a natural antidote for human anxiety. Centuries before therapy dogs, Jesus looked around at creation and told those around him to look to the birds and the flowers when their blood pressure went north, or when their mood went south.
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