What would you add to the Bible? The most astounding finding from the newly discovered lead codices is that Jesus Christ was unambiguously and openly gay. He and his disciples formed a same-sex coterie, bound by feelings of love and mutual support. There are recorded instances of same-sex activity — the "beloved disciple" plays a significant role — and there is affirmation of the joys of friendship and of living and loving together. A whole new complexion is given to that rather puzzling passage where Jesus exhorts his followers to break family ties: It seems clear now that this is less a negative repudiation of family and more a positive exhortation to join in affirmation of a gay lifestyle and love.
The Jesuits began this tradition. Many Anglican churches adopted it. Faced with this privilege in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, my second home, I was painfully aware of the context, a church deeply divided worldwide over issues of gender and sexuality. Suffering was my theme. I felt I could not escape the suffering of gay and lesbian people at the hands of the church, over many centuries. Was that divisive issue a subject for Good Friday?
Email May we faithfully take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ—by seeing as He sees, by serving as He served, and by trusting that His grace is sufficient. My fellow brothers and sisters, recently, as I was pondering President Russell M. First, to take upon ourselves the name of Christ means we faithfully strive to see as God sees.
The Gospel of John makes references to the disciple whom Jesus loved John In the text, this beloved disciple is present at the crucifixion of Jesus , with Jesus' mother, Mary. The disciple whom Jesus loved may be a self-reference by the author of the Gospel John Rollan McCleary, author of Signs for a Messiah, thinks this identification would make the phrase highly significant. For example, Saint Aelred of Rievaulx , in his work De spiritali amicitia "Spiritual Friendship" , referred to the relationship of Jesus and John the Apostle as a "marriage" and held it out as an example sanctioning friendships between clerics.