At that time, when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for
them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without
a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful,
but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest
to send out laborers into his harvest." And he called to him
his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits,
to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who
is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee,
and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew
the tax collector; James the son of Alphaios, and Thaddaios;
Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These
twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go nowhere among the
Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather
to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you
go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick,
raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received
without paying, give without pay."
reading for today: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16 «
diary - life in Romania
biggest flea market in Eastern Europe is claimed for the extravaganza
that spreads out for one week a year along a rugged valley shared
by the town of Negreni, an hour's drive west of Cluj. The picture
above shows only the most remote pocket of the market, which extends
probably for a mile along (mostly) the opposite side of the river
that's being crossed in this picture. I got a ride to the market with
Anka and Raluca, friends who are both young doctors in a Cluj hospital,
and Raluca's mother.
to be endless tables of merchandise, including clothing (thousands
and thousands of jackets and sweaters appropriate to the season upon
us, primarily) and everything imaginable from used collectibles, farm
implements, fishing gear, furnishings, produce, and on and on. I saw
very few prices on things other than the food on sale, but was told
that everything was negotiable. There was a phone-camera booth selling
selfie sticks for 35 lei, which I have seen for sale in Auchan (the
huge Walmark-like emporium in the mall) for 34 lei, not a very encouraging
sign. I was looking for some new trousers and a sweater or warm but
light top, but ended up not buying anything but the food and coffee
I ate and drank on the premises. There was a rain shower in the late
afternoon, which dampened everything but after it passed, it was back
to business as usual. The most interesting photo I got of the day
was the one below:
I was told, is a large pot of pigs ear stew. Despite being a first
and probably once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to avail myself of such
a delicacy, I resisted the temptation. The jars on the left of the
stew appear to be stuffed peppers. Here they stuff peppers with rice
and little else (I much prefer my late mother's stuffed peppers, filled
with ground beef with some rice in it, and topped with stewed tomatoes).
I don't know what is used to put the smiley face images on the peppers
in the jars.
It was a tiring
day with lots of walking over rough terrain, but well worth the effort
to see some real Romanian rural color up close.
Today is again
chilly and wet. Another Friday is upon us. See you on Monday, Lord
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meme might seem a strange choice for a web
department emphasizing what can be called apologetics. Though Christian
philosophy or worldview is not an exact replica of apologetics, both
worldview and apologetics are in the business of seeking answers to
basic questions about religious questions. I'm not quite exactly in
the business of providing "easy" anwers, but I do try to
provide a framework of answers or explanations on which to build a
Christian life and enable the faithful to get an overview of what
is required in the teachings of the Lord through Scripture and the
tradition of the church to fulfill the role of His disciple.
But if there
is a difference between apologetics and worldview study in their approach
to finding answers, it is that the worldview approach is personal,
for you, not world-oriented, for you to straighten outor convertyour
neighbors. And this is a vital distinction. The Orthodox approach
to salvation is to work out your own salvation rather than
to work on your neighbors' salvation. That may seem self-centered
and counter-intuitive in terms of Jesus' great commission, but the
reason Orthodoxy emphasizes working on your own salvation/sanctification/theosis
is that our approach to evangelism or "church growth" centers
on being an example rather than having the best arguments to win skeptics
over to our way of thinking. To do the latter, you first have to judge
something of the spiritual condition of your skeptical neighbor, and
such judging is forbidden in the Lord's teaching. So being a holy
example is the alternative. Many other "brands" of Christianity
so demote or downplay the process of becoming holy, despite the great
emphasis that receives in Scripture and the multitude of examples
from church history of holy men and women so influencing the world
around them, solely through their holy examples, that revivals of
faith broke out spontaneously around and through them.
If we progress
in the mysteries of God that Metropolitan Kallistos is stressing,
we will automatically become "magnets" drawing others to
Christ and a desire to have what we have and to live holy lives themselves. «
God illumines all people equally with the light of the sun, so do
those who desire to imitate God let shine an equal ray of love on
all people. For wherever love disappears, hatred immediately appears
in its place. And if God is love, then hatred is the devil. Therefore
as one who has love has God within himself, so he who has hatred within
himself nurtures the devil within himself.
Basil the Great «
Christian belief is that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with
God and given us a fresh start. Theories as to how it did this are
another matter. A good many different theories have been held as to
how it works; what all Christians are agreed on is that it does work.
S. Lewis «
study notes: The
main thought in today's Gospel passage is that ministries
of caring: healing, casting out demons and improving people's
lives are the foundation on which the Gospel is to be preached.
It is "turn or burn" but also, "come unto me
all who are weary and oppressed." As the passage begins,
the people were oppressed, both by their temple rulers as
Jews, and by their occupying rulers from Rome, and by the
oppressions of every day life. The disciples took the good
news that all oppression will be relieved if you will receive
the One who brings peace of soul and of mind, the Lord of
A word with
God: Lord of mercies, have mercy on me a sinner, and give
me the peace that transcends the oppressions of this life.
In the name of the Father, and of the Holy Spirit and of you
Lord Jesus Christ the eternal Son. Amen.. «
important things; A word from God; a word
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social concerns ("headlines"); an inward reflection (worldview);
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(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. «
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