Shine on


This Egret gives glory to God by being an Egret.

Today’s scripture readings focus on Moses’ experience of the Divine on Sinai and Jesus’ experience of the Divine on Tabor. The light shining forth from Moses’ face was an indication of the divine glory. The change in Jesus’ face and his dazzling bright clothing also was a manifestation of the divine glory (shekinah, doxa). God’s glory is ultimately enshrined in the Ark of the Covenant and then the Temple as a sign of God’s presence. God’s glory was enshrined in both Moses and Jesus.

Creation is the primary revelation of God’s glory. As Merton said, “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree.” All creation glorifies the Creator as it flares forth from the original energy of the divine stardust.

We too are created in the image of God. God’s glory shines forth in us and through us. The eastern Church had a better grasp of this. God became incarnate, human so that we might become divine. God hovers over us as light and names us as God’s precious children. The Spirit is transforming us into divinity. We become more like God—loving, merciful, and  compassionate.

In recent conferences, both Richard Rohr and Matthew Fox said that light is the primary metaphor for God. In the 12th century, the Benedictine nun, Hildegard of Bingen, now a saint and doctor of the church, understood this, “The compassion of the grace of God will make humans light up like the sun.” (Scivias, 84) Twelve centuries later, Benedictine Trappist monk, Thomas Merton also got it, ““There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” (Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, 153)

We light up like the sun and we walk around shining like the sun. The Spirit is transforming us as Moses and Jesus were transformed on Sinai and Tabor. We are light. In fact, Jesus said we are the light of the world and reminded us that He is the way, the truth, and the LIGHT! We are light. We are stardust glowing and flaring forth from the Creator. God dwells within us even more powerfully than God ever dwelt in a temple. We are, as Paul says, temples of the Holy Spirit. We live the very Spirit of the Risen Cosmic Christ as we dwell in the community which is the Body of Christ. We are beloved sons and daughters with whom Abba God is well pleased.

Shine on!!! Glory on!!! Manifest the glory of God by being what you can become—being fully human as the tree is fully tree.




The Eighth Day

Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. (Rom 8:21)

God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near. (Rev 1:3)

I encountered both these scriptures during my prayer time this morning. I was trying to center; however, my monkey mind launched into chatter. Soon I noticed a pattern to the chatter and saw that it was taking a direction.

Recently, I have joined GreenFaith—an ecumenical movement to care for God’s creation. I have been reading Bill McKibben’s Eaarth and plan to attend his tour presentation “Do the Math!” in Atlanta tomorrow night ( . Continue reading

Wet Me

[Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century German mystic, now saint and doctor of the church, called Christ the Green Man. This poem explores some of the implications of this statement.]

                        Wet Me

Creator God, wet me and green me.

Wet me in baptismal waters.

Green me in the veridity of your Spirit.

You, THE Christ, are THE Green Man.

You are the greening vine.

I AM the blossoming branch.

Creation flaring from the Cosmic Womb

Of  the Father-Mother, Creator God.

Life emerging and greening

Followed by death and rebirth

Of the Christ-Green-Man

Renewing all that is.

The Divine Spark fires deep down.

New life rises from the death cocoon.

Butterfly me!

Wet me!

Green me!

Heal me!

 © J. Patrick Mahon, 2012

Hildegard–Justice and Compassion

I am reading Matthew Fox’s new book, Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times and I highly recommend it.  Hildegard (b. 1098) now joins Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux as a doctor in the church. I agree with Matt Fox. If the pope and his curia really understood Hildegard, they never would have elevated her to sainthood—maybe this is why it took eight centuries!

Hildegard wrote, drew mandalas, composed beautiful music (Listen to her Spiritus Sanctus, and spoke truth to power, both secular and ecclesiastical leaders. Her writings indicate that she is indeed a saint for our time, truly a saint for our nation in 2012 amid the turmoil of a hotly contested election. Continue reading

In Praise–St. Francis

            Feast of St. Francis

Blessed be you, Creator of the cosmos.

All life, all being has flared forth from You,

Father God-Mother God, natura naturans.

All being shares in Your stardust.

Hydrogen became the building block

As the cosmos expanded into billions of galaxies.

All praise and glory be to You.

Your Light (doxa-glory) is the inscape of all created being.

Brother Sun chants Your praises

From the dawning of day to the twilight of dusk

While Sister Moon and the stars light the dark night.

Let us be spiritual warriors strong as trees.

Trees praise you just by being trees.

Flowers speak softly of Your glory.

The sun shines on the good and bad alike.

And the rain follows suit.

Let all seas, rivers and lakes praise You.

Let the fish of the waters praise You.

Let mountains and glaciers praise You.

Let volcanos spew forth Your praises.

Let hummingbirds show Your glory.

Let all birds sing Your praises.

As they awake dawn asking permission to be.

Let the coyotes howl Your praises.

Let me too proclaim Your glory and majesty.

Let all men and women sing Your glory

We are the lyres and harps of Your loving kindness.

We praise You by being what we are

And by becoming more than what we are.

Inspire us to care for Your creation.

Let us join the Incarnate Word-Hagia Sophia

Dancing joyfully before the dawn of creation.

Let us be live burning offerings to Your doxa.

Thank You Father Francis,

Hildegard of Bingen and Thomas Merton,

You teach us to sing and dance

The grandeur of God.

© J. Patrick Mahon, 2012