Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1594 | THURSDAY,
At that time, the apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all
that they had done and taught. And he said to them, "Come away
by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many
were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on
foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. As he
went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on
them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he
began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his
disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and
the hour is now late; send them away, to go into the country
and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat."
But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And
they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth
of bread, and give it to them to eat?" And he said to them,
"How many loaves have you? Go and see." And when they had found
out, they said, "Five, and two fish." Then he commanded them
all to sit down by companies upon the green grass. So they sat
down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five
loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed,
and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set
before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.
And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve
baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who
ate the loaves were five thousand men. Immediately he made his
disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side,
to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
Gospel, chapter 6:30-45,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
course one thing I look for here in Northern Ireland is evidence of
distant cousins. The Kennedys watchshop in Ballymena is one of many
such shops I've come across; there's a Kennedy Florist just down the
road from the Loom. And at the top of Falls Road in Belfast is Kennedy
Way, the site of the Kennedy Center, a fair to middling shopping center,
seen below. The Kennedy Way sign is in both English and Irish; note
how Kennedy is spelled in Irish.
is the third and final meeting of the Loom Writers Group, so I'll
rush this blog through to be in order to be ready.
cool with heavy cloud cover. «
to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats,
rallies to protest schools' outrage over flags on 9/11
player retires to give a kidney to younger brother, a retired Steeler
Jersey teenager Brendan Tevlin: martyr to domestic terroristism
White House official says war in Iraq may go on 'forever'
family tells CBS the Obama Administration 'bullied them'
the 20 controversial couples married by Pope Francis were legit
in US: a pound of ground beef tops $4 for first time
Black and white Ferguson residents agree - media made things worse
Jobs was a low-tech parent, and why it isn’t really all that surprising
evangelical Christians in Ukraine report they're living a nightmare
mortem: King Richard III's final moments were quick and brutal
labor board orders CNN to rehire 100 fired employees
'Before, there was a master race; now there's a master faith'
message about homosexuality and sin is creating a stir
Orthodox priest's Christian response to beheading by Muslims
Cost of Obamacare subsidy will increase 8-fold in 10 years
View' on US TV debuts a more serious tone along with new hosts
shooting victim's parents sue the seller of ammo used
#BringBackOurGirls? This is what's been accomplished «
stuff - punctuation
(This department alternates with Writing
of tonight's meeting will be punctuation, which can be vital and,
as the meme on the left attests, can even save lives! The one on the
right is an illustration of a punctuation fault. Can you identify
it? Hint: the fault is one of omission. «
This is one
of the most beloved hymns in Orthodoxy, as performed by the Omaha,
Neb., St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church Choir.
. . . honor
[the Lord] with the honor that He commanded, namely, to lavish wealth
on the poor. God does not need golden vessels but golden souls.
John Chrysostom (ca. 346-407) «
Ulster Scot may come to disbelieve in God, but not to wear his weekday
clothes on the Sabbath.
thought: Imagine trying to retreat to a quiet place and
being greeted there by 5,000 of your best friends who beat
you to the "quiet" place to drain off more of your energy.
That's one way to look at what happened in this instance,
but Jesus was not as negative as I tend to be, but instead
welcomed the crowd and even wowed them with His most amazing
miracle yet, by giving them all a fish dinner. It's even more
amazing than my late brother's aunt-in-law, Hazel Oblackovich,
who invited us all to her house after two of our family funerals,
and fed us all sumptuous dinners by what appeared to be magic
in what seemed no more than a few minutes after our arrival.
Friends often have
a way of energising us even when we feel we need to retreat,
especially when they seem in need of something we can provide,
as in this case. I can only guess that many of the 5,000 (along
with their wives and children) at that miraculous fish dinner
became among Jesus' most ardent disciples after the full disclosure
of His divinity, and to go on to become pillars of the first-generation
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. «
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