Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
journey in Europe
(because I haven't seen any falcons)
ENTRY 1677 | TUESDAY,
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.
letter to the Hebrews, chapter 7:26-28; 8:1-2,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in the Bay Area of California
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.
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.
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. «
to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats,
legal ingredients of forced wedding cake baking
strange notion of 'gay celibacy' and why it is a form of rebellion
invented the horrible idea of women as breeders? Not the church
Orthodox leaders object to award-winning film Leviathan
militants celebrate Saudi king's death online
claims finding of Siloam Pool where Jesus healed blind man
copy of the Gospel of Mark cound in a mummy mask
has claimed 19 times more Black lives than other forms of murder «
(This department alternates with Writing
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? «
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.
John of Kronstadt «
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.
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. «
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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