A new blog for me — first post

Today is my normal “day off”. And so it felt like a good time to set up my new website. The mlarahoke.com domain will point to this site’s homepage from now on. This will be a WordPress site; my old site was hosted at blogger. I will leave the old site up indefinitely. For now, it seems right that the site remains up. However, it’s possible that at some point in the future I might delete that site — who knows? For now, I’m playing it by ear.

This is a time of transition for me. I’m so excited for the possibilities! And yet, change is always bittersweet. Every change — no matter how positive — involves some loss. Right now, I’m trying to remain open to all the feelings that come, remembering the famous word’s of Rumi’s “The Guest House“.

Holy Fool smallerCurious about this site’s title (“Fool of Spirit”)? Yesterday, on Easter, I preached a sermon about Jesus as holy fool. Frankly, it wasn’t my best sermon. (I even misspoke at one point and will have to make my first-ever “audio errata” for the live recording intro. Well, to err is human, I suppose.) In any case, I do like the central notion of the holy fool, which is found in many world religions. I would not elevate myself to holy fool status; however, as my misspeaking can attest, I am sometimes an “ordinary fool”!

I like the idea of being a “fool” in the sense of prioritizing “holy values” over “worldly values”. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he talks about becoming “a fool for Christ’s sake”. (1 Corinthians 4:10) That’s what I want to be: a fool for Jesus… a fool for Guru Nanak and other prophets that I esteem highly. I want to be a fool for the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism! I want to be a fool for justice. I want to be a fool for love, always expanding my circle of compassion. These are my highest aspirations. I want to be a “fool of spirit”.

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