Luke 3:1-6 A reading and reflection on time in the desert. And of God giving direction and honor. https://davidstansfield.id.au/sites/4/2018/12/20181209.mp3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and … Continue reading Daily reading. December 9
So I am doing a scripture reading for Saturday December 8... Mt 9:27-31 As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!" When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, … Continue reading Daily reading. December 8.
Darkness and light. Confusion and truth. Anxiety and peace. Anger and love. Self-righteousness and God-righteousness. Pride and humility. Hurt and forgiveness. Depression and joy. Self and other. Emptiness and overflowing. Self-absorption and worship. Death and life. Defeat and victory. Celebrating the victory when Jesus said, "Behold, I make all things new." Darkness to light. Confusion … Continue reading Confusions
This post is in response to Fr. Mike Schmitz's podcast, "Why Non-Catholics Can’t Receive Communion". Note: I posted briefly on communion about a month before Fr. Mike Schmitz's stated podcast this year. See Do this in remembrance of me. The practice of communion. To mention, Pope Francis has said the matter is up to individual … Continue reading In response to “Why Non-Catholics Can’t Receive Communion”
I have resurrected an old iPod to listen to some podcasts while gardening. A 4th generation iPod Shuffle. Among the podcasts is Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic podcast. I am first a Christian, then an Anglican...; and so I come to the podcasts with a different way of understanding some important topics and themes. (Professor J.I. … Continue reading Currently listening to: Fr. Mike Schmitz
God has a long-term plan well-underway. This is the reason to celebrate in the USA. There are other things to celebrate, too. But this is to focus on the most important thing. Jesus cross and resurrection is a reminder that pain and celebration are somehow connected. There is pain in the world. There is also … Continue reading Celebrating in the USA
That presence on your heart, that you don't quite know what to acknowledge for. And when words are insufficient. I am seated at LAX en route to Melbourne in 2 hours. It seems peaceful. I have spent most of the day outdoors to burn energy, so I am less restless on the flight. God is … Continue reading En route to Melbourne
I never much cared for career. I assumed career would come, secondarily. To pursue "interests" (such as beauty, justice, spirituality, and relationships), and then to let the rest take care of itself. When I became a Christian, I understood this to mean pursuing God. I was almost tempted to say, in a moment of defeat, … Continue reading Career
I was asked today, "Why Philadelphia?" I was in NYC until today, with uncertain plans. The short answer is, prayer. Yesterday morning, I prayed about the next step forward. A theological school in Newark, NJ is on my mind and Philadelphia happens to remind me of prayer, above all. When I helped at the school, … Continue reading Why Philly?
I am currently in rural Asturias, and it has been a good opportunity to have a break, and while working (manual labour). Sunrise, is pictured below. And the neighbours cows wandering onto the grass in front of the vegetable patch. An evening walk, And a local cideria/cafe ... On Wednesday, I catch the bus to … Continue reading Rural Asturias