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, …

The Mandate

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March 29, 2018 Maundy Thursday A reflection on The Footwashing, and the mandate to “love one another.” Based on selected verses from the text assigned for today’s Daily Office from the Gospel of John (13:12-15, 34-35), which describe Jesus’ mandate to his disciples to follow his example of servanthood in the act of footwashing, and the reminder that when we …

The Love

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March 16, 2018 A reflection on the power of love. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today’s Daily Office from Corinthians 13:1-3, in which Paul states that without love, there is nothing.  Not even if you have enough faith to move mountains, or possess many spiritual gifts, or exercise self-sacrifice.

The Commandment

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March 9, 2018 A reflection on the importance of carrying God’s love and love of neighbors out beyond the walls of our worship spaces. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today’s Eucharist from the Gospel of Mark 12:32-34a, in which Jesus responds to a scribe’s question about the greatest commandment.