When the two disciples [of John] heard him say [Look, the Lamb of God!], they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?"
They said, "Rabbi, where are you staying?"
"A TEXT WITHOUT A CONTEXT IS A PRETEXT"
Quotes you can use as a pretext
for thinking what you already think
OR as a precursor to reading the text in its full context
They have a zeal for religion; but it is accompanied with want of forebearance and universal righteousness. They deny prodigality, but with worldliness; they separate from the world but live wholly to themselves, taking no care to exercise loving-kindness in the earth; or they talk spiritually and life vainly; mention communion with God and are every way conformed to the world; boasting of forgiveness of sin, and never forgiving others.
Christmas marks the birthday of Love … sacrificial, extravagant, redemptive, sweeping, healing, breathtaking love. The story goes that love was about to be born, but no one had room to welcome it. Everywhere was full, booked, closed, busy. But love found room, as it always does, in the most humble, surprising places...
I wish you Love – human, divine, inexplicable, magical, hopeful, joyful and complete.Kristen Armstrong. Making Room.
Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea,
Past the houses—past the headlands—
Into deep Eternity—
Bred as we, among the mountains,
Can the sailor understand
The divine intoxication
Of the first league out from land?
Like soil and seed work together to bear fruit... [ so Reason and Revelation]
The way to teach someone to think is to make them do the thinking.John Mason Hodges.
...a great mind becomes ordinary the moment its energies are dispersed.
And nothing disrupts thought the way noise does, Schopenhauer declared, adding that even people who are not philosophers lose whatever ideas their brains can carry in consequence of brutish jolts of sound.I’m Thinking. Please. Be Quiet. GEORGE PROCHNIK