Meditation: A Portrait of the Christ

Matthew 38-48

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Based on a “Christ Blessing” by Andrea Solario

 

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

‘A portrait of the Christ and Photoshopped version of ‘Christ Blessing” by Rob Goldstein

#WordlessWednesday: Soliloquy

I’m going to level up with my blogging buddies. First, thank you to the people who read Art by Rob Goldstein. You are my teachers and friends, and I am grateful to you.

I have lived alone and in quarantine for almost five months as our President weaponizes COVID19 and divides our nation. I’m stressed and afraid, and this feels like it is never going to end.

Our press and political leaders behave as if we are the powerless victims of a king over whom the law has no authority.

None of it makes sense. I don’t understand why we can’t arrest and remove a criminal president who threatens our nation and our lives.

It looks to me as if Trump and his Republicans are killing us on purpose. Am I right, or is this paranoia?

This confusion and anxiety are intolerable. I am continually dissociating and losing time.

For my health, I have to take another break.

I’m not fond of frequent breaks, but I can’t focus for more than a few minutes at a time.

I’ll be back shortly.

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The Header photo is a from a series of Images from ‘Memories of Market Street.’

May We Each Find the Light, The Way out of Suffering, The Way Home

Photograph of ‘May We Each Find the Light’ (c) Rob Goldstein 2014-20120

Politics: A Short Break for the Impeachment Hearings

I’m taking a short break to focus on the House Impeachment Hearings.

With newly released transcripts from the closed-door hearings, it feels
like the hearings began.

The testimony of today’s witness, Catherine Croft,  describes a foreign
policy designed to please, Vladimir Putin.

“In a briefing with Mick Mulvaney, the question centered around the Russian reaction,” she continued.

“What was the concern about the Russian reaction?” asked the staffer.

“That Russia would react negatively to the provision of Javelins to Ukraine,” she said.  The Daily Beast

screnshot of a deposition of Croft
Providing Javelins to an ally would offend Russia

Here is a link to Croft’s testimony on The Daily Beast:

Here is a link to the transcripts on the House Intelligence Committee Website.


Here are the Constitutional reasons for the impeachment of Donald Trump from The Beat with Ari Melber:

Hillary Clinton was right about everything

She’s still right.

For folks who doubt the seriousness of Russia’s 2016 attack on our elections, this is a screenshot I took on August 29, 2016, of the top headlines on BING. If you examine it, you’ll see a search string that includes the Anthony Weiner scandal. I did not run that search. My browser was hijacked.

Top Stories on BINGS politics page. August 29, 2016


I’ll see you guys in a week.

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