28 people – young and young at heart – Confirmed, Received and Re-affirmed today at St. Paul’s

To smile with the Bishop!
Gathering at the altar rail

How inspiring! The ages ranged from excited youth to wise elders —

A witness to growth and grace…

only evening allows the time…

After another full day I still have a strong draw to this past Sunday’s Gospel reading. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem — oh, how I long to gather you as a mother hen gathers her brood…”

I see Jesus tilt his head with a look of deep compassion and the knowledge of the pain before him. This image became stronger as our choir sang — “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” — a peace that is still longed for today. With great care and edge of sadness, Jesus tilts his head.  It would be so easy to look out over this vast humanity, put a hand in the air and say ‘I’ve done what I could’. Yet with a heart of a mother, he holds the dream of all it is possible and looks before the reality.

What a familiar struggle in any human relationship– the potential and the reality.  How many times do we stand in that tension and feel the frustration, stretch to find the words,  stretch to try and find the way to make things right? How many times do we feel the ache of letting go? To reflect on this reading — may give us insight into the emotions we witness as Jesus prepares for the last days.

Images to carry us into this season’s wonder —

I am very impressed with this website. The art is phenomenal – reflections modest and powerful. Much work has been done to put this together. If it moves you, share it with others. There are many ways to exercise a spiritual practice — words only scratch the surface.


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