the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.


The Alpha Course


Still on the subject of God….

This should be of interest to anyone, even non church-goers, with questions about life, faith and God. Nicky Gumbel, founder of the Alpha course will be in Kuala Lumpur on 10 & 11 November. Although Alpha is an Anglican evangelization programme on the basics of Christianity, it has spread into Roman Catholic churches in over 153 countries.

I have attended some of the supper meetings in my parish. The teaching videos are not only enlightening and informative, they’re actually quite entertaining. Had it not been for work commitments, I would have completed the entire 10-week course, which concluded recently.

I have often wondered how could God forsake Jesus just when he needed him most. And until Nicky Gumbel, no one had satisfactorily explained (to me) the mystery behind Christ's anguished words (quoting Psalm 21) as he hung, in torments, on the cross:

'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

These words articulate so well, so poignantly the challenge that innnocent suffering poses to the belief of God.

These words of despair, the cry of dereliction reveal the heart of what Christ suffered on our behalf. He suffered the same Godforsaken-ness as Jews of the Holocaust must have suffered. As all innocent victims of human injustice, famine, disease and disaster must have and will continue to suffer.



Blogger Lucia Lai said...

ya i heard about this alpha program too. 3 of my colleagues will be attending the one on 10 and 11 nov. pity i was not picked to attend!

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Blogger percolator said...

Oh, you'll have the opportunity when the the Alpha course is brought to your parish. And likely, your colleagues will be the facilitators.

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Blogger loren said...

Hi Percolator,

Your thoughts on the sacrifice of Jesus remind me of a similar article. It uses the Old Testament prophecy of Christ to tell the story of His sufferings, by simply linking the Scriptures together. And when this is done, it sounds like Jesus Himself telling the story.

You already read Psalm 22 (it's 22, not 21), and that plays a prominent role in this account but there is more. Here is the link if you'd like to see it or share it with a friend.

Be blessed.

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