Transformation

September 21: Matthew the Evangelist

“The Calling of Matthew,” Vittore Carpaccio, 1465-1526

(The BCP Readings for this Feast Day can be found here) Eyewitness accounts: The miracle of Jesus entering human history is recorded for us in the four Gospels authored by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each of these men, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote an eyewitness (or eyewitness-based) account of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of our Lord. Each of these accounts was written from a different perspective and originally intended for a different audience. But together theirRead more

Butterflies

Butterfly on a rock

We have seen it with our own eyes: Would you believe me if I told you there was a species of butterfly called “Anna’s eighty-eight” that looks like it has a graffiti sprawl of that number on its wings? The first time I saw a photograph of one, I thought I was looking at something photoshopped. But not so. This unusual species is real, and can be found in the wet tropical forests of Central America. The Smithsonian Institute estimatesRead more

C. S. Lewis and the Paradise Garden (2)

Ship on an island lake

Fast forward in Narnia: C.S. Lewis’ fantasy-world, Narnia, was an eventful place. Much happened between its creation in The Magician’s Nephew, and the events we’re about to look at in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. There were many comings and goings between children from our world and Narnia. Aslan, the great Christ-figure saved Narnia from many of its enemies with the help of those children. And on one important occasion, Aslan died and returned to life, in the place ofRead more