Lectio 1 PT 2:20B-25Beloved: If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.
When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Peter is addressing the people's sufferings. He urges them to imitate Jesus, Who suffered. Recall Isaiah's Suffering Servant. Jesus brings healing with God, through his life-giving death.
My sufferings are nothing compared to what Jesus endured. Life is too short to wallow in se…
You had to be there. The area looked like a bomb hit it. The trees were fell all over the ground. We were hiking Rocky Woods.
Worse! The beavers had made a dam which caused the water to pool on one side of it and rise. This wiped out our bridge to cross Chickering Pond. See how one end is under water. The entire bridge is under water due to the high water level caused by the damn beavers' dam. They really did some damage.
I was looking at an icon of Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn and thought I was looking at the icon of Our Lady of Siluva. I was wondering where Jesus was. So I did a bit of googling. They are two separate icons.
Our Lady of the Gates of Dawn tells the story of a beloved painting. In 1702 the city of Vilnius was attacked by the Swedes. At dawn, the heavy iron city gate fell on top of the invaders, killing four Sweedish soldiers. This rallied the Lithuanian army and they defended their city. Hence, devotion to the icon grew.