Meditations for Advent

Jon Shematek Advent, Reflection, Visio Divina Leave a Comment

My Soul in Silence Waits: An Advent Journey 2018  During a period of physical incapacitation this past summer, I had the opportunity to create a small book of reflections for Advent, following the familiar pattern of our daily posts to this website.  Each of the 23 days of Advent has a full-page image paired with a scriptural text, assigned generally …

Jesus and Pilate

Jon Shematek Pentecost, Reflection, Uncategorized, Visio Divina Leave a Comment

Transcript of the Post: Welcome back to If Necessary Use Words! This is a place for praying with images. I’m Jon Shematek, a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Every Monday, we’ll look at a portion of the Gospel assigned for the upcoming Sunday, and reflect together using a form of Visio Divina, in which we combine scriptural text, …

Jesus and Lazarus

Jon Shematek Pentecost, Reflection, Visio Divina 1 Comment

Transcript of the Post: Welcome back to If Necessary Use Words! This is a place for praying with images. I’m Jon Shematek, a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Every Monday, we’ll look at a portion of the Gospel assigned for the upcoming Sunday, and reflect together using a form of Visio Divina, in which we combine scriptural text, …

Jesus and Power

Jon Shematek Pentecost 1 Comment

Transcript of the Post: Welcome back to If Necessary Use Words! This is a place for praying with images. I’m Jon Shematek, a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Every Monday, we’ll look at a portion of the Gospel assigned for the upcoming Sunday, and reflect together using a form of Visio Divina, in which we combine scriptural text, …

Jesus and Wealth

Jon Shematek Reflection, Visio Divina 1 Comment

Transcript of the post’s recording: Welcome back to If Necessary Use Words! This is a place for praying with images. I’m Jon Shematek, a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Every Monday, we’ll look at a portion of the Gospel assigned for the upcoming Sunday, and reflect together using a form of Visio Divina, in which we combine scriptural text, images …

The Pause

Jon Shematek Uncategorized 2 Comments

Dear Friends, Call it a rest, or summer vacation, or just a break.  The time has come for a refreshing pause, so there won’t be any new postings here at “If Necessary” for a time.  This is a great opportunity for you to re-visit (or see for the first time) some of the 198 reflections published so far this year. …