Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1553 | WEDNESDAY,
. . .
if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents
to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has
a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with
her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband
is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is
consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would
be unclean, but as it is they are holy. But if the unbelieving
partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the
brother or sister is not bound. For God has called us to peace.
Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband,
how do you know whether you will save your wife? Only, let every
one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in
which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.
Was any one at the time of his call already circumcised? Let
him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was any one
at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision.
For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision,
but keeping the commandments of God. Every one should remain
in the state in which he was called. Were you a slave when called?
Never mind. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself
of the opportunity.
From St. Paul's
first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 7,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
weather in Belfast: "put the top down, Molly, we're going for
a ride." I spoke
too soon a day or so ago when I said it doesn't get any better than
this; today is better. In fact, most locals are probably complaining
of the heat (72°F) and even I have two windows open "for
cross-ventilation" and wishing I had a fan (it must be the humidity;
in California I'd be thinking, "it's starting to warm up").
Two windows open may be a first here, but my memory is less than pairfect.
The picture above is a leftover from my excursion to Derry and Donegal
last month, and I chose it because it's one I might be taking again
tomorrow, of the Belfast train arriving in Derry. I hope to be repeating
that trip, "on business"; and so there's not likely to be
a blog tomorrow.
There is enough
reading material linked below to keep you busy, however, so I'll let
you to it. «
"In the news"; links to news, features, and opinion pieces.
See Caveat, below.
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(This department alternates with Writing
in so well with the previous several entries in this department that
I had to share it.
I don't know why or in what way it's supposed to be linked to Einstein;
perhaps the little boy is meant to represent him as a child. «
Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the
invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland.
Herman of Alaska «
is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities
of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing. The whole thing
is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper
thought: Today's teaching of St. Paul includes one of
the Bible's most detailed expositions on divorce. Christians
are enjoined from suing for divorce and Paul makes it plain
that keeping such a marriage intact should be for the children's
sake, if nothing else. He says nothing of romantic love and
at that time that was not part of the equation. Remember Tevya
and Golde in Fiddler on the Roofromantic love
had nothing to do with itand that was only a little
over a century ago! But Paul does teach that if the unbeliever
sues for a divorce the believer should not block it. This
raises some questions. What if a "believer" turns against
the faith? What if the suing partner professes faith but shows
no signs of fidelity to it? The answers are beyond my payscale,
as a better man than I famously said. And yes, I'm glad they're
questions I won't have to solve. «
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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