030703 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason, it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
I was recently exposed to an idea which, for whatever reason, I was, up until now, completely unaware. The Celtic strain of Christianity as seen through the eyes of Patrick, an early pioneer of Christian evangelism is quite different from either Catholicism, or Protestantism. In a series of videos found on the PureFlix* streaming service the makers of the video demonstrate the likelihood that in the throes of politicization and power mongering in the Middle Ages the movement started by Patrick was largely hijacked by the Roman Church. The claim of the producers of that video is that the worship of God by the early saints of Ireland was based in freedom and free expression, self-discipline and suffering, passionate love for God and for the people of Ireland and anywhere God chose to send them.
I was intrigued by the idea, and as I find myself firmly entrenched in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition I wonder perhaps if there is an element of those early Irish saints in my background that has been yearning for the supposed freedom from all authority in my life saving for that of Jesus Himself.
*(Pureflix.com, Thin Places, Produced by Rebecca Friedlander)