Thursday, March 31, 2016

Geta Iyesus Kristos is The Lord Our God, and Atse Qedamawi Haile Selassie is His Servant David Our King

Geta Iyesus Kristos is The Lord Our God, and Atse Qedamawi Haile Selassie is His Servant David Our King.

HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY SPEAKS...After our blameless Creator was sent to this world by His Father, then the hearts of all believers become The Temple of God. When Jesus Christ-Iyesus Kristos was born from Virgin Mary, from that time on He lived an exemplary life, a life which men everywhere must emulate.

Scripture:

I will place over them one shepherd, MY SERVANT DAVID, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. "And I, THE LORD,WILL BE THEIR GOD, and MY SERVANT DAVID will be prince among them; I the LORD have spoken.

- Ezekiel 34:23-24

The kings and rulers of the Earth stood up and counseled together against Lord Jehovah and against His Messiah-Anointed  (translated from Aramaic, the language Our Lord Iyesus spoke).

- Psalm 2:2


The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against His Anointed One.'

- Acts 4:26


"I have installed My King on Zion, my Holy Mountain."

- Psalm 2:6

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Resurrection of our Lord Eyesus Kristos


Christ is Risen! Indeed Risen!

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   2  The same was in the beginning with God.   3  All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.   4  In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men.   5  And the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.   6  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.   7  The same came as a witness to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.   8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.   9  That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.   10  He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.   11  He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.   12  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name,   13  who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.   14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.   15  John bore witness of Him and cried, saying, "This was He of whom I spoke, `He that cometh after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'"   16  And of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace.   17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.   18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.

- John 1.1-18 TMB


1  On the first day of the week came Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher and saw the stone taken away from the sepulcher.   2  Then she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said unto them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid Him!"   3  Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher.   4  And they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came first to the sepulcher.   5  And stooping down and looking in, he saw the linen cloths lying, yet he went not in.   6  Then came Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher and saw the linen cloths as they lay   7  and the napkin that had been about His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but wrapped together in a place by itself.   8  Then the other disciple, who came first to the sepulcher, went in also; and he saw, and believed.   9  For as yet they knew not the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.   10  Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.   11  But Mary stood outside at the sepulcher weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the sepulcher,   12  and saw two angels in white, sitting one at the head and the other at the feet where the body of Jesus had lain.   13  And they said unto her, "Woman, why weepest thou?" She said unto them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him."   14  And when she had thus said, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.   15  Jesus said unto her, "Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said unto Him, "Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away."   16  Jesus said unto her, "Mary!" She turned herself and said unto Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, "Master").   17  Jesus said unto her, "Touch Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say unto them, `I ascend unto My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'"   18  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her.

- John 20.1-18


O God, who for our redemption didst give thine
 only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his
 glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of
 our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may
 evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through
 Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth
 with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

- Collect for Easter Day, Book of Common Prayer

Holy Saturday - Eyesus in the Tomb


O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

- Collect for Holy Saturday from the Book of Common Prayer


[1] O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
[2] Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
[3] For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
[4] I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
[5] Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
[6] Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
[7] Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
[8] Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
[9] Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
[10] Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
[11] Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
[12] Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
[13] But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
[14] LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
[15] I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
[16] Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
[17] They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
[18] Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

- Psalm 88


[1] Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
[2] For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
[3] For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
[4] For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
[5] And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
[6] Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
[7] Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
[8] For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
[9] There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
[10] For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
[11] Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
[12] For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
[13] Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
[14] Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
[15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
[16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

- Hebrews 4.1-16

Friday, March 25, 2016

Readings for the Annunciation (March 25)

[1] God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
[2] How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
[3] Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
[4] Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
[5] They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
[6] I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
[7] But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
[8] Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

- Psalm 82


[1] His foundation is in the holy mountains.
[2] The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
[3] Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
[4] I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
[5] And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
[6] The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
[7] As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

- Psalm 87


[1] The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
[2] The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
[3] Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
[4] The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
[5] The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
[6] He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
[7] He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

- Psalm 110


[1] O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word,
[2] And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creatures which thou hast made,
[3] And order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with an upright heart:
[4] Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children:
[5] For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment and laws.
[6] For though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded.
[7] Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters:
[8] Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning.
[9] And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments.
[10] O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee.
[11] For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.
[12] So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father's seat.

- Wisdom 9.1-12


[7] How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
[8] Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
[9] Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
[10] The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
[11] Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
[12] For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.
[13] Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
[14] As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
[15] So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

- Isaiah 57.7-12


[5] For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
[6] But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
[7] Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
[8] Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
[9] But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
[10] For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

- Hebrews 2.5-10



[26] And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
[27] To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
[28] And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
[29] And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
[30] And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
[31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
[32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
[33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
[34] Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
[35] And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
[36] And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
[37] For with God nothing shall be impossible.
[38] And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

- Luke 1.28-38



[9] That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
[10] He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
[11] He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
[12] But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
[13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
[14] And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

- John 1.9-14

Good Friday

[1] My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
[2] O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
[3] But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
[4] Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
[5] They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
[6] But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
[7] All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,
[8] He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
[9] But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
[10] I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
[11] Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
[12] Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
[13] They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
[14] I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
[15] My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
[16] For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
[17] I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
[18] They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
[19] But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
[20] Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
[21] Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
[22] I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
[23] Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
[24] For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
[25] My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
[26] The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
[27] All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
[28] For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations.
[29] All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
[30] A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
[31] They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

- Psalm 22


[1] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
[2] He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
[3] And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
[4] Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
[5] Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
[6] Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
[7] Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
[8] I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
[9] I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
[10] I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
[11] Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
[12] For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
[13] Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
[14] Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

- Psalm 40.1-14

[38] And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
[39] And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
[40] Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
[41] Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
[42] There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

- John 19.38-42

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Last Supper - Maundy Thursday

At the Last Supper, our Lord Eyesus Kristos instituted the Sacrament of His Body and Blood, and left this Gift as a memorial of his Sacrifice. Those who receive this Sacred Mystery, as it is called in the Church, truly receive the very Body and Blood of Kristos, and are deified and become one with JAH.

Our Lord Eyesus Kristos also modeled servant leadership by washing the feet of the disciples, teaching them that whoever wants to be great, must be the servant of all.


[14] Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
[15] I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
[16] The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
[17] For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
[27] Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
[28] But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
[29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
[30] For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
[31] For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
[32] But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

- 1 Corinthians 10.14-17, 11.27-32




[12] And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
[13] And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
[14] And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
[15] And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.
[16] And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
[17] And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.
[18] And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
[19] And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?
[20] And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.
[21] The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
[22] And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
[23] And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
[24] And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
[25] Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

- Mark 14.12-25


Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he
 suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood:
 Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same
 in remembrance of him who in these holy mysteries giveth us a
 pledge of life eternal, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
 who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit
 ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

- Collect for Maundy Thursday, Book of Common Prayer



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Beggar Condemns the Priest: “You are responsible! You are the Criminal!” - Brother John Martin Sahajananda, OSBCam


I treasure Brother Martin’s book from 2003, You are the Light: Rediscovering the Eastern Jesus. It is a powerful and moving teaching on our status as children of God.
Below is a brief excerpt from Brother Martin’s book, about the encounter he had with a poor beggar girl and the impact it had upon him.
Although Brother Martin’s book is not about liberation theology, I feel this piece represents liberation theology at its best and most spiritual. One of the implications of Brother Martin’s teaching on non-duality is that we are all connected, and responsible for each other, and that our choices as affluent people directly impact our brothers and sisters in the world.
-         Lance 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
One evening, I was going for a walk, when something unusual happened to me. Whenever I walked out, I would come across many beggars asking for help and I would feel pity for them, and give them whatever I could give. But on this occasion a girl of 10 years came up to me, stretched out her hand with an empty bowl, begging for something. Her condition was pathetic. Her eyes had sunk inside her sockets. Her stomach was empty, as if she had not eaten properly for days. With her torn clothes, she was half naked. Her bowl was empty. Confronted by this a new revelation came to me.
In front of her empty bowl I found myself with pockets full of money.
In front of her empty stomach I found myself with a full stomach.
In front of her insecure life, living on the footpaths, I found myself living a secure life with all of the luxuries. 
In front of her orphaned and uncared for life, I found myself in a well-cared for life.
In front of her half-naked body I found myself with cloths and fully covered.
Then I felt a kind of call:
            The empty bowl is calling to the full pockets, “fill me.”
            The empty stomach is calling to the full stomach, “feed me.”
            The insecure life is calling to the well-secure life, “give me security.” 
            The uncared for life is calling to the well cared for life, “care for me, love me.”
            The half naked body is calling to the fully covered body, “Cover me.”

The material emptiness was calling to the material fullness, but the material fullness had no life to flow spontaneously. I did not know what to do. I felt myself standing like a criminal in front of a judge who was condemning me.
            Your pockets are responsible for my empty bowl.
            Your huge buildings are responsible for my desolate life on the footpaths.
            Your cared for life is responsible for my uncared for life.
            Your well-dressed body is responsible for my nakedness.
            You are responsible. You are responsible. You are the criminal. You are the criminal.

My ears resounded with these words. I felt as if she was the prophetess sent by God to open my eyes. I could not bear any more. I took two rupees from my pocket and placed it into the empty bowl of the little girl. When the girl saw the two rupees, there was joy in her face. She slowly turned and started going. But I still heard the words, even as she left:
            “You are responsible. You are responsible. You are the criminal. You are the criminal.”
This was not just an encounter between the little girl and me. It was an encounter between two classes of society of which we were only representatives. As an individual I came from a poor family, but as a seminarian, I belonged to the official church, I was rich. It was an encounter between the rich and the poor, between the powerful and the powerless, the able and the disabled, the masters and the slaves, the secure and the insecure, the employer and the employee. It made a deep impression on me. I felt as if millions of these helpless people were standing on the side of the road, mocking me, saying, “See here goes the criminal! See, here goes the criminal!” Even today whenever I see a beggar I hear the same words.
That evening I began to reflect on the incident. Am I responsible for the suffering of my millions of brothers and sisters in the world? I slowly realized that I am responsible for them, because I am not an isolated individual but part and parcel of a system that exists. In choosing my own options, either political or economic, I choose for the whole of humanity and not just for myself. My decisions, my choices, my options affect the lives of my fellow human beings. I realized I had been committing a mortal sin against my fellow human beings by separating myself from them.

-         Brother John Martin Sahanjananda, OSBCam, from his book, You are the Light: Rediscovering the Eastern Jesus, 2003, O Books, pages 28-30.

You can read more of Brother John Martin here:

Unfortunately, Brother Martin’s books is out of print, but you may find and order a used copy here:


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Eyesus Kristos Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem



Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass.  And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace unto the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.  As for thee also, because of the blood of thy covenant I have set free...And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. ZEC12.10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.

- Zechariah 9.9-11, 12.9-10


 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and came unto Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,   2  saying unto them, Go into the village that is over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose [them], and bring [them] unto me.   3 And if any one say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.   4  Now this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,   5  Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, Meek, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass.   6  And the disciples went, and did even as Jesus appointed them,   7  and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their garments; and he sat thereon.   8  And the most part of the multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the way.   9  And the multitudes that went before him, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.   10  And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, Who is this?   11  And the multitudes said, This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.   12  And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of he money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves;   13  and he saith unto them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer: but ye make it a den of robbers.   14  And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.   15  But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children that were crying in the temple and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were moved with indignation,   16  and said unto him, Hearest thou what these are saying? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea: did ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise?   17  And he left them, and went forth out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there.

- Matthew 21.1-17 ASV




Friday, March 18, 2016

Ethiopian Jewish Scholar Ephraim Isaac on the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

 

Ephraim Isaac discussed his book about the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and also that of Christianity as a whole in Ethiopia on July 17, 2014, at the U.S. Library of Congress. Not only are there strong Biblical Hebraic elements in the theology, political theory, and liturgical calendar of the Ethiopian Church but there is also a strong influence from Beta Israel and Ethiopian Jews. Besides these Ethiopian Jews and of course, the Orthodox Ethiopians and a few Protestant and Roman Catholic Ethiopian Christians, there are in Ethiopia also very large numbers of Muslims and various native beliefs.  
 


For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6586

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Readings from the Kebra Nagast: Mariam, who is Zion and the Tabernacle of the Covenant

 
It is Orthodox tradition that the Virgin Mariam represents the Ark of the Covenant and Holy Zion, for the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and she bore God in the temple of her body (Luke 1.35). This is both in the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Churches, as it is a patristic doctrine. The Kebra Nagast alludes to this truth.

11. The Unanimous Declaration of the Three Hundred and Eighteen Orthodox Fathers:

And they answered and said unto him, "Yea, verily the Tabernacle of the Covenant was the first thing to be created by Him, and there is no lie in thy word; it is true, and correct, and righteous, and unalterable. He created ZION before everything else to be the habitation of His glory, and the plan of His Covenant was that which He said, 'I will put on the flesh of ADAM, which is of the dust, and I will appear unto all those whom I have created with My hand and with My voice.' And if it had been that the heavenly ZION had not come down, and if He had not put on the flesh of ADAM, then God the Word would not have appeared, and our salvation would not have taken place. The testimony (or proof) is in the similitude; the heavenly ZION is to be regarded as the similitude of the Mother of the Redeemer, MARY. For in the ZION which is builded there are deposited the Ten Words of the Law which were written by His hands, and He Himself, the Creator, dwelt in the womb of MARY, and through Him everything came into being."

-Kebra Nagast, ch. 11




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Interview with H.I.M. Haile Selassie on Confident Faith in the Almighty


"There are many instances in my life where the belief in The Almighty and the Christian Faith have sustained me, times of troubles and difficulties. No matter what may befall a human being he can always succeed in overcoming it in time if he has the strength of faith and praise to God, for inevitably He comes to the assistance of those that believe in him and those that through their work live an exemplary life."
 
-          H.I.M Haile Selassie.

 
                                   Interview with Dr. Oswald Hoffman, December 25, 1968

 

Question: Your Imperial Majesty, it is a great honour to be permitted to speak with you today and also to have you as a guest on this special Christmas programme which will be broadcast to people all over the world. Your Imperial Majesty, what is it that makes you want to follow Jesus Christ?

 
H.I.M.: When Jesus Christ was born from Virgin Mary, from that time on He lived an exemplary life, a life which men everywhere must emulate. This life and the faith which He has taught us assures us of salvation, assures us also of harmony and good life upon earth. Because of the exemplary character of the life of Jesus Christ it is necessary that all men do their maximum in their human efforts to see to it that they approximate as much as they can the good example that has been set by HIM.

 
It's quite true that there is no perfection in humanity. From time to time we make mistakes. We do commit sins, but even as we do that, deep in our hearts as Christians we know we have a chance of forgiveness from the Almighty. He taught us that all men are equal regardless of sex, their national origin and tribe. And He also taught us all who seek HIM shall find HIM. To live in this healthy life, a Christian life, is what makes me follow Jesus Christ.

 
Read and study the Bible
 

Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, what advice would you give a person who is considering the claims of Christ, perhaps for the first time?
 

H.I.M.: I would tell a person who was considering the claim of Christ for the first time that it is necessary to have faith in the Almighty, that it is necessary to have love, and that it is necessary to conduct oneself in a manner that we have been taught to do in the Bible.

 
I would also advise him to seek the secular knowledge, for the more one knows the more he realises the need for a prime mover, the need for a Creator, a Creator who is good, and the need for salvation and also for peaceful life upon earth.

 
I would also tell him to learn and to think for himself the ways he would serve the Lord. In this thought and in this undertaking of his he will inevitably find the way of serving his fellow men. For his faith would then be manifested by His conduct. If Christians behave in this way, if we dedicate ourselves to this fundamental task, then we will have a peaceful world and will be assured of not transgressing against the will and the Commandments of God.
 

Strength of Faith
 

Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, are there any incidents in your life which stand in your memory as times when faith in Christ sustained you?

 
H.I.M.: There are many instances in my life where the belief in The Almighty and the Christian Faith have sustained me, times of troubles and difficulties. No matter what may befall a human being he can always succeed in overcoming it in time if he has the strength of faith and praise to God, for inevitably He comes to the assistance of those that believe in HIM and those that through their work live an exemplary life.
 

This goes not only for Christians in my view, but for all men. I think God communicates with those that find themselves in misfortune. In particular, when my country Ethiopia was invaded by aliens several years ago I was sustained in that period by my faith in God and in the abiding belief that justice, however it may take time, will ultimately prevail.


If I did not have faith in The Almighty and in His Righteousness and that justice inevitable prevails, then I would have lost hope and thus the interests of my country would have been ignored. Because I attempted to maintain my faith in HIM and because all Ethiopians maintained their faith in the ultimate goodness of the world and in the grand design that The Almighty has for all men in the world, we were able to victoriously re-enter our country and rid ourselves of evil forces.
 

If I did not have in my heart the love of God I don't think I would have acted in a manner that I did. The love of God brings a sense of religiousness in a human being, it gives him comfort for the future and assurance that right cause will ultimately prevail.

 
Resolute Leadership

 
Dr. Hoffman: His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie the First ascended the throne of Ethiopia in November in the year 1930. Now, in the year 1968, Haile Selassie has been in the forefront in mediating the crisis in Biafra. Some of the intervening years have been stormy ones. But there are few Statesmen who can retrace a career of more resolute leadership in both internal and world affairs. Few can claim greater unbroken continuity with the past that nevertheless moves methodically into the twentieth century. At the same time, few have seen more anguish and defeat than Haile Selassie, of whom biographer Leonard Mosley has written in projected epitaph, He shaped, rather than waited upon events.

 
Just seven months after He became Emperor in 1930, He gave the people of Ethiopia their first written Constitution. His plea before the League of Nations in 1936 as His country was ravaged by Mussolini's armies, and His anguished exile during the following years, are etched in the memory of the world. When He regained His throne in 1941, His refusal to allow retaliation against the defeated invader was viewed with disbelief.
 

"One this day," He said, " I owe thanks unutterable by the mouth of man to the living God who has enabled me to be present among you. Today is the beginning of a new era in the history of Ethiopia. Since this is so, do not reward evil for evil.. do not commit any act of cruelty like those which the enemy committed against us up to this present time.
 

Dr. Hoffmann:When the United Nations Charter was drawn up after World War II His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie was one of its original drafters. In 1963, He established the Organization of African Unity, to encourage co-operation among African States and co-ordinate their efforts to build a better life for the people of all Africa.
 

Constitutional reforms in 1956 guaranteed all the rights of the people of Ethiopia, though the Emperor retains much personal power in governing His agricultural nation of 22 million people, all the time seeking to lead His nation toward a fully modern way of life.
 

At 76 years of age, His Imperial Majesty continues to work a twenty hour day, with three hours for sleep and one devoted to prayer. Emperor Haile Selassie and I talked about many things on that day during the rainy season.
 

Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, how does it seem to you the Apostle Paul meant by the statement, Faith works by love?
 

H.I.M.: What St. Paul said here is not a mistaken statement. You all know what St. Paul was and what kind of work he was engaged in before his conversion. Later on, after his conversion he had faith and love, and if he had not had that he would not have taught people this in his epistles. Neither love nor faith are separable from each other.
 

An elaboration of this is Paul's exposition in one of his Epistles which speak of love and faith. Without love all of our human efforts in the sight of God can be useless. He loved us and on our behalf He was given as a ransom, and it was because of love and His love for us that He accomplished the act of love.

 
The true church

 
Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, as a member of the Body of Christ, what do you expect of the Church?

 H.I.M.: The Church is not merely a building. The Church is the faithful fulfilment of the Christian life and its requirements. Thus, as the name applies to the buildings so is our heart The Church in which God dwells.


After our blameless Creator was sent to this world by His Father, then the hearts of all believers become The Temple of God. The love of God cannot be fathomed by a series of questions and answers, and man's soul cannot experience deeper enrichment as a result. We believe that men at all times be bound by His love and grace.

 
Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, as a member of the body of Christ, what do you feel you can contribute to The Church?

 
H.I.M.: All men are endowed with natural responsibility. This responsibility is in turn distributed and delegated to all according to his gift, and it is expected of each one to fulfil his responsibility. This responsibility in turn is to God and thus for example, and would start his work asking God to bless the beginning and thank God for a good ending too.

 
We believe that all people in all of their responsibilities delegated to them will begin and finish their work in God's name. I gave you brief answer. If we go into detail we would have to spend a long time discussing.

 
Dr. Hoffman: It is a magnificent answer and I am deeply grateful for it. To turn to another subject, Your Imperial Majesty, are there any passages of the bible that have become especially meaningful to you?
 

H.I.M.: I have the highest respect for the Bible as a whole. We also recognise the rightful name the Bible bears. We find that in all the periods of the Old Testament, in the time of Patriarchs, Kings, and Prophets, great miracles were done. On the other hand, the time in which Our Lord HIM-self gave the command to go to all the world and to preach is also of high value. Then, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,- the four gospels in which the sayings of our Lord are recorded- are pillars for all men on the earth. Therefore the Bible should not be cut into portions.

 
Fulfill the Ten Commandments

 

Dr. Hoffman: As a mature Christian, have You a special word for young people of these days?

 
H.I.M.: On this occasion I address all those within Our Empire. Our Christianity is not restricted to a given church and I stress above all that We do not wish to make distinctions. My advice to all is to fulfil the Ten Commandments. You are aware of the contents of the Ten Commandments and can elaborate on it. If the nation for which I am the Emperor follows and accepts this, since its also what I accept and follow, I would believe our country is not only historically Christian but also actively Christian.
 

Christ Earth Day
 

Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, the birthday of Our Lord is observed by peoples throughout the world in different ways, I know, and I should like to ask You how You observe the feast of the nativity of our Lord within Your own family and household?

 
H.I.M.: The birth of Our Lord is a joyous family event. However, I do not only rejoice with my kindred and family since the whole Ethiopian nation is my family. I say this in the context of Christmas being observed by all churches in Ethiopia. I rejoice on this occasion also because of Jesus Christ being given for us. For He was born in the lowly place and got warmth by animals. This fact encourages us to celebrate it with joy.

 
When I have visited the five large continents, I have not been anywhere where there was not a church. All over the world I have come to know that the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated.
 

Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, as a figure of world importance and probably one of the best known man in the world today, I should like to ask You this question: What meaning can the birth of Christ have for the nations of the world today?

 
H.I.M.: As I said before, the birth of Christ is celebrated all over the world. When I say the whole world it does not mean that all people would observe it in the same manner. In all the places that I have visited, including the Muslims and the Buddhists, We have seen the observance. But for Christians it is an act conducted with love.

 
Dr. Hoffman: Your Imperial Majesty, You have done us great honour and also all the people who will listen to this broadcast by giving us the opportunity to speak with You this day. And all those who are listening should know that this conversation was held in the Imperial Palace at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, and we thank You and wish you God's blessing in all the days to come.


H.I.M.: Thank you.

                                                                                                               
source:                                                              
http://people.zeelandnet.nl/adamr/Interview%20with%20Dr%20Oswald%20Hoffman,dec%2025,1968.htm

 

 


 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Considering the Claims of Christ

"I would tell a person who was considering the claim of Christ for the first time that it is necessary to have faith in the Almighty, that it is necessary to have love, and that it is necessary to conduct oneself in a manner that we have been taught to do in the Bible. After our blameless Creator was sent to this world by His Father, then the hearts of all believers become The Temple of God. The love of God cannot be fathomed by a series of questions and answers, and man's soul cannot experience deeper enrichment as a result. We believe that men at all times be bound by His love and grace..."

His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I December 25, 1968