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Today's Scripture: It was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever. Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.

St. Paul's letter to the Hebrews, chapter 7:26-28; 8:1-2,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the homiletical thought below. 

Today's diary - life in the Bay Area of California

Today's "life-in" photo goes back to last week's same location (Evergreen Village Square in San Jose), but at sunset on a perfect Saturday evening. I chose a photo taken away from the sunset rather than one into it for today's view. The fake gaslamps and the ground illumination of the trees in the twilight makes for a very warm perspective, I think.

I put this blog entry together from a small town three hours drive north of San Jose, Willows, on Interstate highway 5 between Sacramento and Redding. I went to a barbeque at my son Kevin's and his wife's, Bernadette's place in Pacifica Sunday after church, where they were having the extended family in to meet the newest addition to the family, their nine-week-old son, Henry James Kennedy. I came here from there to spend a few days with my brother, Bob, the only other member of my "immediate family" still surviving and 13 years my senior.

My camera battery died at the barbecue before I got a chance to photograph Henry James so I have to wait for some of the photos taken by others to get through the email pipes. But earlier in the week I had dinner with my other son, Michael, and his family in San Jose, and got reacquainted with my youngest grand-daughter, Delilah, seen here with me on their living room sofa. «

A closer look
Links to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats, below.

The legal ingredients of forced wedding cake baking

The strange notion of 'gay celibacy' and why it is a form of rebellion

Who invented the horrible idea of women as breeders? Not the church

Russian Orthodox leaders object to award-winning film Leviathan

Islamic militants celebrate Saudi king's death online

Biblical Archaeology claims finding of Siloam Pool where Jesus healed blind man

First-century copy of the Gospel of Mark cound in a mummy mask

Abortion has claimed 19 times more Black lives than other forms of murder «

Christian worldview - true values
(This department alternates with Writing stuff)

Some people probably disagree with at least some of the propositions in today's meme. I saw one response to it on Google+ saying that many women "sell" their love to men with money, which amounts to the same thing as their men's buying their "love." Of course what such men are buying when they exchange their financial excess, affluence, and security for the "love" of wives who have bought the proposition that it's "just as easy to marry a man with money as a poor one," is not love but perhaps a kind of at least temporary loyalty and the appearance of making a home. No doubt such relationships can survive in some cases, as many of the arranged marriages of earlier generations did, for reasons unrelated to either romantic love or love in the biblical sense, sacrificing of self to a higher entity like having a family in a godly environment.

Only a relationship with the creator God of the universe can provide the foundation and source of values like those listed in today's meme. Playing God, which we all are inclined to do, doesn't cut it, but it's the only substitute most of the people who have concluded in their own minds that the Creator-God cannot be feasible can come up with. Which God or god do you serve? «

Today's video




Today's quotes


The human mind is given the rational power of God – we have the mind of Christ (Corinthians 2, 16), says the Holy apostle Paul. To the human heart, the heart of Christ is given. The perishable is made immortal. Those naked and wounded by sin and by passions are adorned in Divine glory. Those who hunger and thirst are sated and assuaged by the nourishing and soul-strengthening Word of God and by the most pure Body and Divine Blood of Christ. The inconsolable are consoled. Those ravaged by the devil have been – and continue to be – delivered.

— St. John of Kronstadt «

The central 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.

— C.S. Lewis «

Homiletical thought: Paul in today's epistle passage establishes the principle that Jesus Christ is the perfect Lamb, the spotless and only sinless one, whose sacrifice for the sins of the world was sufficient on a one-off basis. No repetition is required. The eucharistic "offering" is not a reoffering but an entrance into the once-only offering that Jesus made on the cross. From God's perspective, there is neither future nor past, only eternal now, so it is the eternal now of the sacrifice of Christ that we participate in by eating His flesh and drinking His blood in the eucharistic feast. «

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Caveats 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. «

Unless 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. «

Quotations usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «

Videos used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube), and occasionally these are 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. «

Comments: Please leave comments on my Facebook or Google+ page. «

§ I have now uploaded over 3,000 photos and videos, mostly from my recent 19-month visit to Northern Ireland, but also including several hundred photos and videos from my summer in Pennsylvania (2012), some photos of the family, and some new ones from Malta on my Flickr site. Most of these are now organized by sets. Click here for the Flicker site.

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