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Written by Alan W. Jones, a contemporary Episcopal priest, lecturer, author, and Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. This is an excerpt from his book “Soul Making.”

For those who profess and call themselves Christians, the lens through which everything else is interpreted is a person: Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection. Just as the lover never plumbs the mystery of the beloved, so we do not exhaust the mystery of Jesus. This, at first, seems a strange claim. But it is no less extraordinary that contemporary “messiahs, saviors, and gurus” possess the consciousness of modern men and women…A walk on a Saturday evening through the streets of a busy city reveals what models, exemplars, and paradigms are operating in the lives of the people. We cannot do without a paradigm to help us live. As a believer, I keep bumping into Jesus. I wander away, and there he is, perhaps in the eyes of someone on the street. There is no escape for me. Nor do I want there to be.


This prayer is a collect, a short general prayer used in Christian liturgy from the Church of England.

Holy God,

faithful and unchanging:

enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,

and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,

that we may truly worship you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


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