Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A short note from St. Basil the Great


I was listening to "On the Holy Spirit" while I jogged the other day. (I like to make the text files into mp3 files. It beats listening to pop music. Yes, I am a church nerd.) Basil commented about the passage from John's gospel where Jesus tells the woman at the well that soon people will worship "In Spirit and in truth", that this is to show the woman that God is not a local god, but spirit, without place or time.

This is a refreshing way of understanding that passage, which is used problematically by those who say "Dude, I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual!"