"I am the vine; you are the branches." — John 15:5

“Seeds of Grace” Thin Places

Monday, March 18, 2019

Celtic spirituality recognizes an intertwining of heaven and earth, an awareness and mindfulness, not simply of God as Creator but also of the presence of God…in the ’thin places’.  And every place can be a thin place!  This attitude goes far beyond the enjoyment of the morning mist rising on a northern lake or a spectacular sunset. It recognizes the human responsibility in caring for creation.   It also presumes, presumes, an understanding that we are made in God’s image(imago dei) and are also filled with God’s goodness and grace ourselves, the Christ within.  It doesn’t deny that we mess up (the reality of sin) but that, even given our free will and the sometimes poor choices we make, God’s goodness flows within us. 

For Further Reflection: Paul, speaking to the Athenians (The Book of Acts Chapter 17): “I found…an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god’…  Ask me, ask me, Paul says, I know this God. This is the Lord of heaven and earth!   “In him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28

Aside:  This Pizza Dough is easy and versatile. 3-3 1/2 cups flour; 1 package ‘quick rise’ instant yeast; ¾ tsp salt; 1 cup very warm water; 2 Tablespoons olive oil, cornmeal.  Combine 2 cups flour with yeast and salt. Stir in water and oil. Add flour bit by bit to make a soft dough. Knead 3-5 minutes.  Cover and let rise about 10 minutes. Oil a cookie sheet or other pan, sprinkle with cornmeal.  Roll and shape dough to fit the pan(s).

Add toppings. No tomato sauce?  Just add more vegetables etc…prosciutto, feta, zucchini, mushrooms, basil, with mozzarella,  for example.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or so.  Truffle oil?  Drizzle on top!