Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1583 | SUNDAY,
. . .
a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, "Good Teacher,
what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" And he said
to him, "Why do you call me good? One there is who is good.
If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to
him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall
not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear
false witness, Honor your father and mother, and You shall love
your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All
these I have observed; what do I still lack?" Jesus said to
him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and
give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and
come, follow me." When the young man heard this he went away
sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
And Jesus said to
his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich
man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for
a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples
heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can
be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With
men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Gospel, chapter 19:16-26,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
we've come to the final photo from the trip to Devenish Island ancient
monastic community earlier this month.
Seen here is St. Molaise's house. I had never heard of St. Molaise
before, so this is the introduction to him from Wikipedia: "Saint
Laisrén mac Nad Froích (d. 564), or Laisrén of Devenish and Lasserian,
also known by his petname Mo Laisse, was the patron saint of Devenish
Island in Lough Erne (Co. Fermanagh), near Enniskillen, in the present
diocese of Clogher. Laisrén is the subject of both a Latin and an
Irish Life, which offer loose narratives in which a number
of miscellaneous anecdotes and miracles have been grouped together."
(By "Life," is meant a biography or hagiography.)
It goes on to say he was the founder of the monastery here.
outing took Jack Lamb and me to a performance at the Lyric Theater
in the University Quarter which the festival program describes as
'"One of Us Will Die" a bold comedy from Kiruna Stamell
and Gareth Berliner.' The married couple are an average-height bloke,
Berliner, from England, and a "little person," Stamell,
from Australia, whose schtick was mostly chatter intended as jokes
about sex organs and the hardships (Jewishness in his case, dwarfism
in hers) that their people groups have suffered over time. It was
never hilarious (as I rather expected it would) and the laughs it
did produce were generally the uneasy guilty kind. I could not recommend
it; though I watched Russell Howard's "Good News" from the
BBC via YouTube when I first moved here, I eventually got so I had
to stop watching it because of its offensive language, though at least
it is genuinely funny on average a few times per show.
weather started out promising and got better throughout the day, but
by late afternoon the clouds were gathering and rain was again beginning
We had a guest
priest, Fr. Christopher of Manchester, England, for the service at
St. Ignatius this morning, as Fr. Paul is on a much-deserved holiday.
Arlene Williamson had a delicious lunch for us afterward, and during
the fellowship I started breaking the news that I expect to be leaving
Belfast around the beginning of November, hoping to winter in Malta
and then, Lord willing, back to Donegal to continue my work with Bill
Stainsby in the spring. This is the final weekend before school resumes
in NornIron next week, so attendance was down. «
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Sheriff to Feds: taking our guns will result in a civil war
kid' defeats his opposition, shares wealth with good cause
track the origins of the Ebola outbreak through mutations
for implanting microchips in human subjects gain momentum «
worldview - reaping what you sow
(This department alternates with Writing
not karma, it's reaping what you sow.
Today's meme makes no biblical reference, but it is generally consistent
with biblical and New Testament teaching. In a sense this "echo"
is divine justice and a pleading for that favor from God, one of the
essential beliefs of Old Testament Judaism, emphasized in the Psalms,
the Prophets, and the political establishment of Israel. It was not
so much about salvation and going to heaven as it was getting what
we deserve and, even more in many cases, making sure that God gives
our enemies what they deserve for mistreating us. But the Christian
worldview has some changes to ring on this old all-too-human quest.
It is learning to forgive our enemies and even love them, doing the
best for them. And the best they can achieve is acceptance by God,
His forgiveness, and a place in His eternal presence. So preach the
Gospel of Love that begins with repentance and ends with eternal bliss
in the presence of the all glorious God our savior. «
. . . and, you'll be supporting
of insults is a sign of true love, free from hypocrisy. For thus the
Lord also loved this world.
Mark the Ascetic «
for yourself, and you will find loneliness and despair. But look for
Christ and you will find Him and everything else.
thought: Those with many "things," whether money, or spheres
of influence, or followers of their blogs, their movies, shows,
books, or their "original" ideas, even their families (cf.
C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce)such people are
hindered in worshipping their Creator because they usually
are disposed to think they've done it their own way, they've
created themselves, their success, their "things." They and
their things are all they need, they are their own god.
What things do
you worship? Which possessions define you? Are you all you
on "A closer look"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds are
blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and if
some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested
(could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in
general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any
report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «
specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are
the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from
the social networks. «
usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «
used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube),
removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions
on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from
these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles
outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «
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