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LongBeach041617eTo be truly human (to have a self) we need to be reconciled with God, beginning with God’s mercy — which is available but needs to be sought:

“I open My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust.” Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska

EasterVigil2017“This is the Passover of the Lord:
if we honor the memory of his death and resurrection
by hearing his word and celebrating his mysteries,
then we may be confident
that we shall share his victory over death
and live with him forever in God.”
Daily Roman Missal

TrumpPlazaOn this Good Friday, with many rejecting the Savior of the world and making themselves savior of the world (and living as “animals” and “demons”), the nothingness abounds.

StPatrick'sDay17bStPatrick'sDay17On the day named for the saint who brought Catholicism to a pagan and warlike people (beginning in 432 AD), one can see the ongoing struggle between faith and rebellion playing out in the hearts and minds of the Irish.

epiphany“The Lord is a light in darkness to the upright; he is gracious merciful and just.” Psalm 111:4

jerusalem“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest those who are sent to thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but though wouldst not!” Luke 13:34

Claims by the modern state of Israel (a human construct) to merit sole possession of Jerusalem are both misguided and unfounded (in the bible). Jerusalem should be an international city shared by all peoples (of God). One could even say that the term “Israel” is unmerited by those who, seeking to be their own savior, fail to join the New Covenant (People of God), the true Israel.

Artwork: Leonard Baskin, Jerusalem, 1954

dagmarfrinta-madonnaArtwork: Dagmar Frinta, Madonna, 1981

“When I had a little passed by them, I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I bring him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that bore me.” Song of Songs 3:4

RonLauder.JPGAt a forum, on Monday, addressing the ongoing genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, spoke on the matter — describing it as one of the great crisis of our time, and the fact that no one knows about it, saying the “silence was deafening.”

He compared the “indifference” among world leaders today with that of leaders following Kristallnacht, 75 years ago in Germany, adding that “never again are meaningless words” given the catastrophe that has befallen Christian communities that go back two millennia. Mr. Lauder noted the irony that “it’s taken someone Jewish to speak up for the Christians.”

The conference included Ret. General Raymond Odierno, former U.S. Army Chief-of-Staff, Judith Miller and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, among others.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

consulate-bonhoefferThe Consulate General of Germany in New York hosted an evening of music 10/11 to commemorate the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, killed by the Nazis in the last days of WWII for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler. The Kleine Choir of Burgdorf, Germany, led by Ilsabe Bartels-Kohl, performed music by Mattias Nagel, with a Dieter Stork libretto based on texts by Bonhoeffer.

“Has the Church merely to gather up those whom the wheel has crushed or has she to prevent the wheel from crushing them?” Bonhoeffer, Ethics (SCM Press, 1955)

“Only in action is freedom.” Bonhoeffer, Ethics

Bonhoeffer also noted in Ethics: “It is the essence of Greek tragedy that a man’s downfall is brought about by the conflict of incompatible laws.” Isn’t that the case today in the US? For Bonhoeffer, the resolution lay in “the unity of God and the reconciliation of the world with God in Jesus Christ; it is not the inescapability of guilt, but the simplicity of life which follows from the reconciliation; it is not fate, but the gospel as the ultimate reality of life; it is not the cruel triumph of the gods over falling man, but it is the election of man to be man as the child of God in the world which is reconciled through grace.”

wines-israel4“…no one pours new wine into old wine skins…but new wine must be put into fresh skins, and both are saved,” Luke 5: 37-38

On the eve of former Israeli president Shimon Peres’s funeral, Temple Emanu-el in NYC held a wine symposium showcasing the leading wines from the Modern State of Israel. The presentation included a talk by Israeli wine ambassador Adam Montefiore and a tasting of some 100 wines. Mr. Peres, an advocate of a the so-called New Middle East, was a strong backer of the Israeli wine industry, and a long time opponent of a two-state solution. (“It was precisely in order to sabotage the option of a territorial compromise with the Palestinians that Mr. Peres lent his support to the settlers movement.” Shlomo Ben-Ami, 2006)

In his remarks, Mr. Montefiore connected wine to the rituals and history of the Jewish people’s biblical past, describing Israeli wine today as coming from a “new world country in an ancient world.”

By clinging to a tradition and Messianism (apart from the true Messiah) Jews of the Modern State of Israel have perpetrated a fraud, undermining themselves and countless others — in effect as old wine skins trying to be new. To be truly ambassadors of the “New” starts with recognizing the Savior who fulfilled and renewed the everlasting Covenant (with wine representing His blood), erecting the Church as the true Israel — People of God. “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: that as I have loved you, you also love one another.” John 13:34

With 5000 years of winemaking history, numerous microclimates and distinctive terroir, ancient varietals, consultants and monks, the table is being set for serious winemaking going forward from the region. Would that all the neighbors were invited.

We recommend: Margalit Enigma 2011 Shomron (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot), Tura Merlot 2013 Samaria, Clos de Gat Ayalon Valley 2010 Judean Hills.

 

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