Faith, Fitness and Music Pondering for Sunday June 9, 2019

My Faith Pondering

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday the Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21 John 14:8-17, (25-27)Psalm 104:25-35, 37

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2: 21)

Once again we have New Testament people recalling Old Testament prophecy.  What we have this time is a repeat of the Prophet Joel, Chapter 2, verse 28 to 32.  The verse of Joel2: 28 says “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.”  Then of course it ends with what I have selected for us now, “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Joel 2: 32) and Acts 2:21.

Whether it’s Acts or Joel, the point is that God will pour out The Spirit of God on all humanity but only those who accept it and call on God will be saved. Saved in this sense is different from cured.  This “saved” refers to life after death, eternal life.

 This message is so inclusive that it is spoken by people who did not know the language of the Gentiles to whom the message went out to but was heard clearly and understood by those Gentiles who never knew Jesus.  It makes no difference.  If they too call on Jesus, they will be saved.

We have to use what God has so lovingly placed in us. God put The Spirit of God in us to save us from ourselves.  But we have to believe it’s there and use it to call upon God.  In this way we will be saved; we will have eternal life.  I believe we all can do this much better than we are doing. Help us Jesus.

My Fitness Pondering

Fitness and health sometimes comes from sources of unconventional origin.  I went to an ordination yesterday.  I saw an old friend from my former parish who now studies rocks.  After we talked a little bit he showed me some small stones in his hand.  They were all about the same size but varied in color.  Some were poka dotted or speckled, some were various colors.  He invited me to pick one. The one I was drawn to is an olive green and there were two of these stones.  So I picked one of them.  He let me have the stone and told me that that particular stone was for happiness and good health.  I am grateful for this gift.  Thanks Larry.

My Music Pondering

I’m still playing scales.  It’s helping me quickly recognize key signatures.  Adjusting quickly enables me to quickly pick up new music.  It literally lets me know which keys come into play and which do not. I may never be a great pianist but I love the journey. 

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