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December 15, 2014


Kathy L.

Jim Gordon:
I look forward to your reflections and eagerly read them. Thank you for contemplating, praying, and writing.
New Jersey, USA

Jim Gordon

Thank you so much for your encouragement Kathy. Sometimes words, thoughts and ideas are written and you never know where they'll go and who will come across them. Or where seeds will blow and where eventually they will grow! Blessings from a very cold Aberdeen in Scotland.

Brian Grenier


I am an Australian Christian Brother and a regular reader of your very interesting blog. The following paragraph from a short reflection I wrote on Martha and Mary may be of some interest to you. I don't have at hand the reference to Augustine's work; but I am sure I could track it down.

29 July—Memorial of St Martha

As St Augustine points out in one of his homilies, both Martha and Mary, as portrayed in Luke’s Gospel (Lk 10:38-42), were disciples of Jesus and praiseworthy objects of his love. Some commentators see the two sisters as representative of the active and contemplative ways of following Jesus. For Augustine, Martha is the image of things present (temporal life) while Mary is the image of things to come (eternal life). ‘What Martha was doing,’ he says, ‘that we are now; what Mary was doing, that we hope for. Let us do the first well so that we may have the second fully.’

Jim Gordon

Hello Brian! Thank you for taking time to be in touch and also for the Augustine passage. If you could provide a reference I would greatly appreciate it, but only if it doesn;t cost you too much time - I know how chasing references can be! But I'm grateful for Augustine's less jdgmental exegesis - in spirit it seems to capture Vermeer's portrayal of bread well baked and generously given (Martha) and of devoted attentive listening (Mary) Blessings from Scotland, Jim

Brian Grenier


The Augustine reference is Sermon 54 on the New Testament. The following URL should lead you to it. The quotation is in section 4.

Brian Grenier


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