Did you know the Holy Spirit is a feminine being? She is the Spirit of God, Father’s wife, and my perfect Mother. It’s good to know that heaven is not entirely filled with masculine beings. So how did the mix-up occur? During the fifth century in ancient Rome, the Greek and Hebrew pronouns that denote “spirit” abruptly changed to masculine gender. When the early Roman Church translated the Greek and Hebrew texts to Latin, our perfect Mother changed to a “Him.” Today the masculine pronoun still applies to the Holy Spirit, angels, and our own heavenly souls. But at what cost? For more than 1,600 years western Christians—especially female believers—have struggled with the concept of an all-male Trinity. The irony? This unearthly concept originated in Holy Rome.
“This fundamental point, long obscured in scriptural translation and largely ignored by commentators, clearly has the most far-reaching theological implications.”
T.P. Brown: The Maternal Spirit
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“Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings shall not taste death.” — The Gospel of Thomas
I wish to share an Easter commentary by Father Donald Senior, President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Chicago Catholic Theological Union. Saturday morning I phoned a friend to read to her some of Father Senior’s wise comments. In response, my friend challenged me with a thought I’d never considered: “If Christ had lived on, would you still believe in him?” Continue reading If Christ had Lived Would You Still Believe? →
Although I often refer to Scripture and trust its wisdom, the larger part of my learning comes through heavenly sources. That is what I asked for in 2011, and struggle to put into words at Freely Receive. Still, with regard to understanding the atonement (“Christ died for our sins”) the vast number of Christian beliefs and doctrines overcame me. So I asked Master to help me learn, from his point of view, the events that took place during those three dark days and nights.
“Woman, why are you weeping?” the Risen Lord asks Mary Magdalene. I hope you enjoy this Easter video meditation on John 20:11-18!
Beatitudes meaning and structure makes use of extraordinary geometry that can provide students and seekers with additional insight. Matthew’s Beatitudes and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain contain some of the most beautiful passages in the New Testament. When we diagram the pattern of Yeshua’s words and phrases, however, the Beatitudes reveal even more information. We are blessed to glimpse the pure genius of Christ, and the mind of the Son of God.
During this time of the year I always wonder what kinds of gifts Master would like for his birthday. Here I share my three best Christmas gift ideas for Jesus to help us disciples honor the Lord on his special day. Each gift relies on the power of the Holy Spirit to unite and heal us (God willing).
Be you a Christian, Jewish, atheist or otherwise, you are not a goat. It is rather unlikely that you might one day change into a goat. Or a sheep, for that matter. No, you are a human being—a “son of man” in Christ’s day—and valuable to God. That’s what St. Matthew believed, the Jewish author of The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. So let the fire and brimstone image go because your Father loves you. Those plagued by self inflicted goat trauma can breathe easier with a few short words from the shepherd to his flock:
—except God alone.
Gospel of Mary, as the text is named—though it is made clear that “Mary” is Mary Magdalene—is a well preserved codex discovered in the late 19th century near Akhmim, in upper Egypt. It was later purchased in 1896 by German scholar Dr. Carl Reinhardt, who took it to Berlin.
Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) (pdf)
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Translation and commentary in English
By George W. Macrae and R. McL. Wilson
Edited by Douglas M. Parrott
Estimated date of writing: 30 – 180 CE
Large image: Ascension of Mary Magdalene, c. 1430 / National Museum in Warsaw
Peter said to Mary, “Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.”
Gospel of Mary
The Lord loved Mariam more than all the other Disciples, and he kissed her often on her mouth.
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