Thought Provokers

dogs under the table jesus

This is a series of thoughts accompanying the Gospel reading for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The text isĀ Mark 7:24-37. The Syrophoenician women, the little dogs under the table…


The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement.
It is the essence of his being.
If you don’t wonder, you don’t see what can be.
Is this why so many lives are flat, dull uninteresting and uninterested,
so routine and devoid of excitement?
They no longer see.
I am disturbed at how jaded our young people early become.
They have been so bombarded with fake wonders, Batman and Star Wars,
that nothing arouses amazement and excitement any longer.
“So what else is new?” is their response to life.

Hans Selye, Canadian brain researcher
* * * * * * * * * *

I am always humbled by the infinite ingenuity of the Lord,
who can make a red barn cast a blue shadow.

E.B. White
* * * * * * * * * *

Painter Robert Williams once observed that humans are the kind of species
that becomes more fascinated with a road kill than with a flower.
* * * * * * * * * *

The man who cannot wonder, who does not habitually wonder (and worship),
were he President of the innumerable Royal Societies…
is but a Pair of Spectacles behind which there is no Eye.

Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
* * * * * * * * * *

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone,
but on trees, and flowers, and clouds, and stars.

Martin Luther
* * * * * * * * * *

You will hardly find one among the profounder sort of scientific minds,
without peculiar religious feelings of his own….
His religious feeling takes the form of rapturous amazement
at the harmony of the natural law.

Albert Einstein
* * * * * * * * * *

Gathered by Dick Donovan

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
This entry was posted in Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink.