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, …

The Anointing

Jon Shematek Holy Week, Reflection, Visio Divina 2 Comments

March 31, 2018  Holy Saturday A reflection on the kindness of two persons who anointed Jesus’ body for burial. Based on a portion of the text assigned from the Gospel of John 19:38-42, in which Joseph of Arithmathea and Nicodemus prepare Jesus’ body for burial, with an invitation to maintain a quiet, prayerful vigil until our next visit to the …

The Grain

Jon Shematek Holy Week, Reflection, Visio Divina Leave a Comment

March 27, 2018  Tuesday in Holy Week A reflection on death as a necessary precursor to new life. Based on selections from the text assigned assigned for this day from the Gospel of John (12:23-24, 31-33), in which Jesus talks about his impending death, and likens it to a grain that must die before it bears much fruit.