August 22, 2017 Psalm 133, John 7, Psalm 124, (21)

This psalm is set at My. Hermione. At the Syrian border. The festival of booths is a family retreat time. It was discussed in Leviticus. But Jesus said it wasn’t his time. He says this several times in this passage. I think Jesus has been rather shadowy here, appearing and disappearing at well. Verse 24 talks about judging, you should not judging by appearance but judging righteously. The message version says to not nit-pick, but use your head and your heart to discern what is authentically. James was the brother of Jesus and was supposedly the bishop of Jerusalem. Verse 39 says the spirit has not yet come. The spirit seems to appear and reappear at will. In In acts 2:1-13, Pentecost the spirit came to the people in attendance that day. John is much more spiritual than the synoptic gospels. The spirit comes to us repeatedly through the scriptures. Many times we think of the spirit as breath. Last Sunday was the lesser festival of Bernard of Clairvaux. He was the teacher of faith in 1153 ad. The meditation time is to recognize the presence of the spirit. Discussing of family events brings us face to face with other traditions and such things as the overriding demands of sports for our kids these days.  The New World Encyclopedia has the following description of St. Bernard of Clairvaux: “Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – August 21, 1153) was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian monastic order. The dominant voice of Christian conscience in the second quarter of the twelfth century C.E., his authority was decisive in ending the papal schism of 1130. A conservative in theological matters, he forcefully opposed the early scholastic movement of the twelfth century, denouncing its great exponent, Peter Abelard, forcing him into retirement from his teaching position at the University of Paris, and later convicting him of heresy. In association with his former protegé, Pope Eugenius III, he was the primary preacher of the Second Crusade, a cause which failed to achieve the glories he expected of it.” For more info on St. Barnard, go to