Via Negativa: Pacing the Cage — The Cage of Isolation

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

In preparing for today’s meditation, I sat down a wrote out a list of things that make me feel either connected or disconnected from creation, myself and others.

Some of the things that made me feel disconnected were: fear, anger, frustration, anxiety, yearning, worry, hatred, judgment, envy, loneliness and defensiveness.

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Via Positiva: A Time to Embrace — Embrace Kindness

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Our ancient Hebrew cousins knew a thing or two about how kindness sometimes felt like cruelty. This was sort of the modus operandi of the Hebrew God, who seemed to favor a quid pro quo system that said, “If you keep the law, I will prosper you. If you don’t keep the law, watch out — you’ll be barren and destitute.”

But, it’s argued in this line of thinking that God is doing you a favor in that punishment because showing you the error of your ways is the best way to get you back on track — back to practicing the love of neighbor and kindness that God requires.

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Via Positiva: A Time to Embrace — Embrace Letting Go

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

Our Jesus story this morning (John 20:15-18) reminds me of that recent commercial about toilets. In one commercial, a man is jogging while a woman clings to his back repeatedly saying, “I love you, I love you, I love you.”

“Nobody likes a clinger,” the man says to the camera in an exasperated tone.

It’s certainly a funny way to sell a toilet that they promise will wash away the most determined clinger. I think if Jesus had known about this meme that’s what he would have said to Mary that morning when she become the first person to greet him after his resurrection from the tomb.

Instead, he’s reported to have said, “Do not hold on to me,” when Mary touched him.

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Via Positiva: A Time to Embrace — Embrace What Matters

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

Loving everyone like we love ourselves and seeing ourselves in everyone in this world, whether they be a loved one, a friend, a stranger or an enemy is a lovely sentiment. I’m sure everyone in the room agrees it’s the right thing to believe.

But, the author of today’s Christian Scripture reading (James 1:19-27) wants to know, do you act on those beliefs or are you just enamored with the beautiful words?

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