Almighty Mother Hen

On Sunday we will have to discuss the fatherhood of God, because of the gospel passage that we will read.

But today we hear our Lord Jesus compare Himself to a mother hen. He longs to gather His people into His nest and warm us under His wings.

When God became man, He became a man, born of a woman. He had, after all, made the two sexes distinct in the beginning. Sewing confusion between man and woman never made up part of His mission.

But, by the same token, Christ has revealed that what is most beautiful in both man and woman reflects the infinite beauty of God.

The Lord Jesus presented God as the loving father who forgave his prodigal son. Such a kind father reflects the Almighty Father.

But the Almighty Father has even more to Him. He also shines forth in a woman’s love. Jesus declared that all generations would remember Mary Magdalen for tenderly anointing His body before His bitter Passion.

God made both man and woman to show us a glimpse of His glory. How could we close our eyes to the goodness of either sex?

Just because we don’t understand certain things about each other, doesn’t mean they aren’t good. We don’t understand everything about God, either.

Sinners, Men

Thus spake the noble Prince of Denmark to poor, sad Ophelia:

Why wouldst thou be a
breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest;
but yet I could accuse me of such things that it
were better my mother had not borne me: I am very
proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at
my beck than I have thoughts to put them in,
imagination to give them shape, or time to act them
in. What should such fellows as I do crawling
between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves, all.

…I took a brief trip to Guatemala to practice speaking Spanish. Imagine my surprise when I encountered a group of feminist Presbyterians arguing for women’s ordination!

Perfectly delightful. Lovely ladies.

Now, why can’t they be ordained?

Fr. W.'s new amigas

Continue reading “Sinners, Men”

St. Augustine Settles the Battle of the Sexes

From the holy bishop’s seventy-second sermon:

adam eve expelled

Couldn’t Christ the Lord have become man without a mother, seeing that he was able to do so without a father? …Would it have been difficult for the Wisdom of God, the power of God, the only-begotten Son of God, would it have been difficult for him to make the man whom he was to attach to himself from whatever material he wished?

But…he wished to have a human being as mother…Christ wished to adopt the male sex in himself, and he was happy to honor the female sex in his mother. You see, right at the beginning the woman too sinned…each partner was taken by the devil’s evil deceit.

If Christ, then, had come as a man without any acknowledgement of the female sex, woman would have despaired of themselves…

In fact, he honored both sexes, he acknowledged both, he took both to himself. He was born of a woman; don’t despair, men; Christ was happy to be a man. Don’t despair, women; Christ was happy to be born of a woman.

Thoughts? Is God sexist? Is He a feminist?