‘Contemplation’ Category Archives

6
Dec

CHRISTMAS: why bother?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.

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20
Jun

SOON ENOUGH YOU (AND I) WILL BE DEAD: think about it.

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Death, God

When as a child I laughed and wept,
Time crept.
When as a boy and laughed and talked,
Time walked.
When I became a full grown man,
Time ran.
When older still I daily grew,
Time flew.
Soon I shall find, in passing on,
Time gone.
May Christ have saved my soul, by then,
Amen.

21
Sep

GOD AND POLITICS: thoughts re what he might want of us down here.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Contemplation, God, Jesus, Politics

September 21 is celebrated in Catholic Tradition as the Feast of Saint Matthew.

Matthew is traditionally considered the author of the 28-chapter account of Christ’s  life entitled in printed bibles “The Gospel according to Saint Matthew”.

Saint Matthew’s gospel differs from those of Saints Mark, Luke and John its more Jewish flavour and more detailed account of Christ’s words about what God’s “kingdom” really is and what it might look like if brought into existence on this earth.

A 1964 film based on this gospel called “The Gospel According to Matthew”, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini can be viewed online.

http://int.search.tb.ask.com/search/video.jhtml?p2=%5EY6%5Exdm220%5ES12281%5Eau&n=781aec92&ss=sub&st=bar&ptb=44265483-EA01-485F-B49A-9ED8E79584ED&si=CMDooqzrj8QCFdd6vQod2rEA7w&tpr=sbt&searchfor=pasolini+matthew&pn=1&pToken=CAoQAQ&ots=1442802840786

You’ll need to set aside just over two hours. It might stir up some thoughts.

 

19
Jun

LAUDATO SI: the pope’s new encyclical on climate change

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Environment, God, Justice

The Pope’s encyclical letter about climate change is big news.

No doubt our modern materialistic lifestyles must have some effect on climate.

How big an effect? Who knows?

The Pope says that curbing our greed should improve the health of our physical world.

And that we must restrain our greed for spiritual reasons — because that’s what God wants.

Ultimately the spiritual issue is the basic one.

* * *

The Pope ends his letter with “a prayer for our earth”:

“All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.”

“O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.”

“Touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united

with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.”

“We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

for justice, love and peace.”

(The full text of the Pope’s letter is online at: http://www.news.va/en/news/laudato-si-the-integral-text-of-pope-francis-encyc)

 

 

22
Sep

THE MEANING OF LIFE . . . and the young Australian mind.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Contemplation, Truth, Youth

One Sunday, little Gaga-Jo was going to the Zoo with Mummy and Daddy for a treat.

They told her that Grandpappy was coming, but he couldn’t be there until 11am.

When he arrived, Gaga-Jo asked, “Grandpappy, why couldn’t you come at the same time as us?”

Grandpappy, who had in fact been to Church, tried to think how best to explain . . . .

Well,” he said, “every Sunday morning I go to a special place to meet a Special Friend who means all the world to me.”

Oh Daddy,” said little G-J, “Can we go soon to that place and meet Grandpappy’s Special Friend?”

And Daddy replied . . . .

(Please take careful note of this reply because it, perhaps, sums up the Australian culture better than you’ll find it expressed anywhere else.)

Daddy said to Gaga-Jo, “Let’s go and look at the elephants.”

 

19
Apr

EASTER SATURDAY: what is on your mind?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Death, Jesus, Suffering

Easter Saturday?

A bit of a non-day you might say.

Yesterday, Good Friday, was the day for sadness, tears and quiet contemplation.

Tomorrow, Sunday, will be the day for expressions of Easter joy and thankfulness.

But today– commemorating that in-between day of apparent disappointment and disillusion — how best to occupy our thoughts?

Is it a day to ask: do I, in fact, really believe in God?

Really believe?

Even when the life he is giving me is giving me suffering?

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Perhaps spare a few minutes to consider the deceptively simplistic words of Sarah Adams’s hymn:

“Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Even though it be a cross that raises me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!”

* * *

Even though it be a cross . . . ?