Friday, December 31, 2010

Fellow Travelers



I had occasion to find out about the Reformed Catholic Church and pulled up their website: http://www.reformedcatholicchurch.org.  It did me a power of good to see clearly stated among their articles of faith: “We believe that homosexuality is not a sin.”  Then Terence Weldon of Queering the Church drew my attention to two other gay Christian bloggers: http://gaymystic.blogspot.com and http://www.bilgrimage.blogspot.com.  I did not know that there was so much militant activity towards liberating gays within the Church, or, at any rate, encouraging them to stand up against the Church.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

In His Name

Over against the homophobia we have absorbed and been educated in, it takes time to re-educate ourselves into the attitude that there is nothing wrong with our urges and desires that vibrate through our male beings relative to all that is masculine in ourselves and each other.  We have to kind of relax and let ourselves feel what wells up from deep within us: not only is there nothing wrong with the way I feel and desire, but there is everything right with it.  Plus acting out those desires is a wonderful way of being good to my buddy as well as to myself.  Jesus said “Love one another.”  Making ourselves available to each other in Enhanced Male interaction can be just as good a way of obeying Jesus’ commandment as giving a cup of water in his name.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Leviticus 18:22

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”  This verse sounds frightful when you are trying to establish Enhanced Masculinity as a holy and wholesome way of life.  But the original was written in the context of what Israel saw the pagans around them doing and a temple system that Israel had to distinguish itself from.  This is clear from Leviticus 18:24 following.  You can write off the text, then, as no longer historically applicable to our times and understanding of the how some males are created for other males with an enhanced sense of bonding and sensitivity to all expressions of masculinity.  But there is no need to write off that text completely, it could easily have the sense of “Do not lie with a male as you do with a woman” meaning do not share your marriage bed with a man.  Indeed this may have been what the original sense of abomination was all about.  We could say that any relationship with a man must not interfere with a husband’s availability to his wife and with his family responsibilities and the sense of fidelity to the marriage bond.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Saint John's Day


John the Beloved Disciple
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Apostle Saint John.
In John’s gospel, in chapter 21 verse 20, taken along with verse 24, the author of the gospel identifies himself as “The disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper.”
The expression “The disciple whom Jesus loved” turns up four other times in Saint John’s gospel:
John 13:23 – “One of the disciples whom Jesus loved was lying close to the breast of Jesus.
19:26 – “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near.”
20:2 – “So she ran and went to Simon Peter and, the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved.”
21:7 – “That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!”
Putting this texts together I find myself left asking, “Well, what is going on here?”
First of all, these are all texts written by Saint John.  He recognizes himself as having been in a special relationship with Jesus.  But the very formulation of the distinguishing phrase, “The one whom Jesus loved,” seems to suppose an externally observable characteristic.  John speaks as though everyone knew that he and Jesus had this special relationship.  What else are we to say about it?  It was certainly physical enough, if John could lie against Jesus’ breast.  Nothing in the gospel says that the relationship was sexual or erotic.  But, at least we can say, that close to each other, comfortable with food and wine, it would be enough, as we all know, for both of them to get hard.  We might have difficulty with Jesus getting a hardon, but the difficulty is ours not his.  If we really believe in the incarnation, Jesus had a body like ours with all the physical components and chemical reactions.  We might not want to talk about Jesus getting hard, shooting his load, pissing or defecating.  But, the fact is, he did.  The problem with our talking about it, is that tendency we have to want to disincarnate the divine.  We have to re-learn how to serve an incarnate God.  Enhanced Masculinity may have a role to play here.  Let us get down to the business of discovering the true spirituality of the enhanced male who shares his masculinity with Jesus, who, certainly, related to John as male to male.  I may have more reflections on the relationship between Jesus and John as time goes on.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Filling the World with the Glory of God.

In our liturgy meditation and prayers during these Christmas Days we sing and proclaim a lot about God filling the earth with his glory.  We enhanced males can take this as an invitation.  What better way to proclaim the glory of God than to exult in his creation, the Male Homo Sapiens.  We see likenesses of Jesus everywhere that speak to different tastes or theologies.  Perhaps we could make our meditation for once at the feet of Michelangelo’s Davide, meditating on the male that the Jesus, God Incarnate, became.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Christmas

My attention is held by the last words of the day’s gospel: Of his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  The fullness of Christ is in our masculinity and one of the graces is our sensitivity as enhanced males, gays, homosexuals, to the masculine dimension in ourselves and each other.  Let us celebrate Christmas by exulting in our masculinity to fill the world with Christ’s joy and glory.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Light


“The dark won’t disappear by fighting against it, but by shedding Light on it.”  This text that was sent to me as part of a Christmas Greeting seems to say something about what I am trying to achieve relative to homosexuality and Christianity.  The Church has spent centuries fighting against homosexuality, now the time has come to shed the light of Christ on it.  Then the darkness of homophobia might disappear.