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, …
July 9, 2018 A reflection on what lies sleeping within us, just waiting to be awakened. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today from the Gospel of Matthew (9:23-26) in which Jesus restores life to a little girl everyone thought was dead, but he said was only sleeping.
April 30, 2018 A reflection on grief, and how it is affected by hope. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today from the First Letter to the Thessalonians (13-14), in which Paul affirms that persons with hope experience loss in a unique way.
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 …
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.
March 23, 2018 A reflection on our reaction to adverse situations. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today’s Daily Office from the Gospel of Mark (10:32-34), in which Jesus predicts his death and resurrection.
January 5 Daily Office Gospel text: John 11:38-44