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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:35 pm

"Finding a new foundation of faith, including Winchester Cathedral" a reflection based on Mark 1:1-8, 2 Advent B, for December 10, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

John the Baptist saw through the façade of false faith and called for true repentance and the building our faith on the Rock of Christ. All other ground is sinking sand. See the historic problem of Winchester Cathedral in England.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:33 pm

Christmas Canon

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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:59 pm

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-42252411

Incredible possibility of a new 'smell' diagnosis for Parkinson's Disease
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Post by Joe Parrish » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:27 pm

"How this happened – chromosomes and the Holy Spirit", a reflection based on Luke 1:26-38, 4 Advent B, for December 24, 2017, the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Is Mary the sole source of Jesus’ DNA? If so, the Incarnation was a unique example of God’s miraculous work using the ‘stuff’ God created in the beginning of time. Jesus remains unique of all humans, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:21 am

" Where do we go from here?" a reflection based on Luke 2:1-14, Christmas (II), for December 25, 2017, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

The shepherds in the Bethlehem fields represent every person, low to high, to whom the Christ came. Our Christmas obligation for the coming New Year is to follow Jesus and make disciples.

Peace and Christmas blessings,

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:30 am

“Christmas fads versus the real thing”, a reflection based on Luke 2:8-20 for 6 pm Christmas Eve (II), for December 24, 2017, the Third one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

The reason for the season is the little babe in the Bethlehem manger, born of a woman, nurtured by two unremarkable people, Mary and Joseph. As we return to the roots of Christmas, we will regain the peace and joy of the season.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:02 am

“Our most important decision”, a sermon based on Matthew 2:1-12, for The Epiphany (moved), January 7, 2018, the first sermon at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

The magi came to find the Christ Child because it was the most significant event ever that could have happened in their time. They came in spite of a disbelieving world. They came in spite of the improbability of such a Holy One’s existence. They came because Christ was that important, that significant, that profound above anything they had ever witnessed. We join the magi today in bowing in worship and adoration of the Christ Child.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:26 am

“A life without deceit”, a reflection based on John 1:43-51, for 2 Epiphany (B), January 14, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

The progression of our faith may mirror that of Nathanael who in today’s Gospel lesson goes from skeptic to belief when confronted with the Son of God.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:34 am

Rowan Atkinson on the Gospel lesson

Actually the Gospel lesson for this time, 2 Epiphany next year (C):



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Post by Joe Parrish » Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:29 pm

And God said, Let there be light.
Genesis 1:3

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:25 am

"Size Comparison of the Universe 2018" (an amazing 17 minute video)
From quantum foam (1.616 x 10 -35 meters, the smallest measurable size) to 93 billion light years, the size of the currently observable universe from Earth:



The Director of the Smithsonian - Harvard University Astrophysics Department in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says as far as he can tell, there is no other life than us in the currently observable universe. We have found no star's planets which have observable oxygen, necessary for life. There are only about an estimated 200 stars left to observe, and the telescope to check their spectra for oxygen will be finished in South America in about 2024. We are incredibly alone and apparently quite special.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:13 am

“Ready to go”, a reflection based on Mark 1:14-20 for 3 Epiphany (B), January 21, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

The call of Christ to his first followers is simple and direct. His first proclamation is “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” He does not first train his closest followers, he simply calls them, and they follow. Our own lives are sufficient for us to be fishers of people for Christ. We only need to step up to the need to proclaim the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe, just as Jesus said.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:41 am

"The good and the evil among us", a reflection based on Mark 1:21-18 for 4 Epiphany (B), January 28, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php
Discerning the voices plays a key role in today’s society. Christians are challenged to look beyond the surface, to find the presence and love of Christ in another person, and to respond with Christ’s love in all situations.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:10 am

Massive craters on earth, the moon, Mars, and Jupiter:

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:35 pm

"Healed to serve", a reflection based on Mark 1:29-39 for 5 Epiphany (B), February 4, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php
Jesus came into the world to heal and save us. When we pray, we should pray believing God will indeed help us. We do not have all the cures yet, and may never have, but God is merciful and hears our prayers and always comes to heal us spiritually even when physical healing may not happen. We are to pray for ourselves and for and with others in times of dis-ease. More and more miracles continuously happen by the grace of God.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:15 am

"Our faces, our faces, are shining", a reflection based on Mark 9:2-9 for Last Epiphany (B), February 11, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Christians are sealed by the Holy Spirit as Christ’s own forever. Any statement to the contrary is simply false. Even though we are sinful and not perfect, still God’s power working through us is sufficient to work mighty miracles that even Christ could not do during his limited time on Earth. We are not to allow the Ash Wednesday words to deter us from our God given directive to work Christ's miracles of love, justice, and mercy in our world.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:18 pm

Happy Valentines.

And perhaps it is fitting that on this day this year when we celebrate the value of love, we also remember the Saint who gave his life to show us God loves us no matter what. And may we keep a Holy Lent in remembrance of the One, Christ Jesus, who gave us all the love God has.

PS:
Ash Wednesday - A brief history
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01775b.htm
Ash "Wednesday <> is the first day of the Lenten fast.
"The name dies cinerum (day of ashes) which it bears in the Roman Missal is found in the earliest existing copies of the Gregorian Sacramentary and probably dates from at least the eighth century.
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It is mentioned as of general observance for both clerics and faithful in the Synod of Beneventum, 1091 (Mansi, XX, 739), but nearly a hundred years earlier than this the Anglo-Saxon homilist Ælfric assumes that it applies to all classes of men."

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Post by Joe Parrish » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:34 pm

This year is a rare occasion when Ash Wednesday coincides with St. Valentines Day. It last happened in 1945 (preceded by 1934 and 1923) and will happen again in 2029.

https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/20 ... are-loved/
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:42 am

"Keep on keeping on", a reflection based on Mark 1:9-15 for Lent 1 (B), February 18, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Even in times of distress, God sees us and gives us the miraculous angels to be our help. We need only to endure, not to give up, and not to turn inward. We need to welcome new comers with the words, “Welcome, we been waiting for you.”
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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:48 am

"Run to win", a reflection based on Mark 8:31-38 for Lent 2 (B), February 25, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Christ calls us to a higher goal, not reaching an earthly Olympic tape but at our end in the heavenly country where he and his Heavenly Father reign, and who will reward us generously for serving Christ’s kingdom on earth.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:33 am

Joe Parrish wrote:"Run to win", a reflection based on Mark 8:31-38 for Lent 2 (B), February 25, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Christ calls us to a higher goal, not reaching an earthly Olympic tape but at our end in the heavenly country where he and his Heavenly Father reign, and who will reward us generously for serving Christ’s kingdom on earth.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:46 pm

"When Jesus got angry", a reflection based on John 2:13-25 for Lent 3 (B), March 4, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Anger is often frowned upon by church folk, but Jesus as our example shows us that at times we are to forswear the practices of those who profane religion and try to degrade God’s work on earth.

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Post by Joe Parrish » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:20 am

"The light that overcomes", a reflection based on John 3:14-21 for Lent 4 (B), March 11, 2018, is the first one at http://sjnj.com/media_view.php

Christ is our light in this world. With his light we can find our way to God through him. We are never beyond God’s love for us. Ever.
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Post by Joe Parrish » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:09 pm

Finding a church when on vacation:

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Post by Joe Parrish » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:18 pm

O the deep, deep, love of Jesus:

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