THOUGHT PROVOKERS on John 17:1-11 (last week’s Gospel)

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A young man was having trouble getting his act together, and decided to take out his frustrations on God. He shook his fist at the heavens and said, “What a terrible world this is! Even I could make a better world than this one!” And then, from somewhere deep inside, he heard God’s answer: “That’s what you’re supposed to do.”

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If you can’t feed a hundred people,
then feed just one.

Mother Teresa
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True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

Arthur Ashe, the great tennis champion
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Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.

James M. Barrie
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The dramatic Christianity of the organ and aisle,
of dawn-service and twilight revival…
this gaslighted, and gas-inspired Christianity, we are triumphant in….
You had better get rid of the smoke, and the organ pipes…
and the Gothic windows and the painted glass…
and look after Lazarus at the doorstep.

John Ruskin

(The Lazarus of whom Ruskin speaks, of course, is the poor man whose plight the rich man ignored in Jesus’ parable–Luke 16:19-31)

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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