Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Where have you seen Christ

Years ago in youth group retreats, I remember a small group segment called, "Where have you seen Jesus?" The idea was to move us to think where we have seen the face of Jesus in actions and love. Some would say they have seen the face of Jesus in children, in elderly women, etc. I mention this because the latest ebay relic of Jesus has appeared in a tortilla shell. There are so many ebay relics and other sightings of Jesus or Mary in wood, food, on wall,and so on. These sightings attract dozens, even thousands of people, and they inspire devotion. While I don't rule out the possibility of winking statues and the like, I still think we are more likely to see the face of Jesus in the places he told us - where were gathered in his name.



Blogger King of Peace said...

In the Middle Ages, when relics were all the rage and a fortune could be made in them, false relics of saints were routinely created, so that one could go see the skull of Johnthe Baptist or the skull of John the Baptist as a child. There were also enough splinters of the true cross scattered across Europe to reconstruct all of the thousands of crosses the Romans ever used in Palestine. The face in the bread on E-Bay looks like the sort of thing that could be easily enough created by cutting out the right shapes to block the heat on part of the bread while toasting the rest. Fortunately, I have never counted on E-Bay auctions to provide the grounds of my faith.



7:03 AM  
Blogger St Michael's Episcopal Church said...

Much agreed!

8:55 AM  

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