Ponder Anew Blog

February 26, 2021

FEBRUARY 25 , 2021Good afternoon,Where is Jesus of Nazareth on the road to Jerusalem and the cross ? In John’s Gospel he is often in dispute with religious leaders. He is questioned about who he is, and what he is doing ? In this Gospel Jesus talks more than in the other biographies.  There is a back and forth […]

MYSTERIOUS GOD

February 26, 2021

February 24, 2021Good afternoon, To be a Christian is to sit, however uncomfortably, in mystery, in something that we can never quite nail down or name. After all, we’re talking about God here, the maker of the crab nebula and black holes and protons and puffins.This passage is from April Yamasaki. At least she wrote […]

cultural differences

February 26, 2021

February 25, 2021 Good evening, Brenda left today. She came to live with us in April 2020. She needed a place to stay after her summer job fell through because of the pandemic. She was a friend of our daughter. We did not know how long she would stay. In December she finished her master’s […]

FAUCI, SCIENCE AND GOD

February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021Good afternoon,I like Dr. Anthony Fauci. He has become famous with the coming of the pandemic. He was important earlier around the AIDS epidemic. He is a scientist and an infectious disease specialist. He tries to explain the Virus, the vaccines and community spread . He is an internet sensation as well. Some people do not like […]

FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

February 23, 2021

February 20, 2021Good afternoon,” Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become […]

FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND

February 23, 2021

February 22, 2021Good afternoon,500,000 Americans have died from COVID 19. That is a little less than the population of Waterloo Region. Over 20,000 people have died of COVID 19 in Canada. That is a little more than the population of Elmira. With this amount of death in the United States, the average lifespan for people has […]

Truth is Truth !

February 11, 2021

Good afternoon.“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.” John 18:37-38 This is part of the discussion between Pilate and […]

St. Teresa Prayer

February 11, 2021

February 9, 2021Good afternoon ” We did not make good choices. We had good choices.  We come to God by doing it wrong, and not by doing it right.”               — said by smart/famous people, that I do not remember their names right now. Emmanuel Carrere is an agnostic. He is unsure […]

HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD

February 11, 2021

February 10, 2021Good afternoon,“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter tHook him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus […]

PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE

February 9, 2021

February 8, 2021Good afternoon, There are many prayers in the Bible. The whole 150 Psalms are prayers of some kind, with emotions in all of them. There is Elijah in the cave. There is Jacob wrestling with the angel. The prophets often talk with God, mostly when they are frustrated. Jesus goes off to pray in all the Gospels. […]