Hospitality of Abraham, Andrei Rublev
This short article, published August 17, 2010, deals with the fight against attitudes in American society which devalue people with disability to the point that in health crises, their lives are not considered worth saving. The new health care law is discussed, as well as the Christian call to hold forth hospitality to the disabled stranger.
From the website
Joni and Friends: International Disability Center: http://www.joniandfriends.org/christian-institute-on-disability/policy-papers/disturbing-presence/
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.” (Mt. 16:13-19)
[St. Paul:] I will not boast, except in my infirmities. (2 Cor. 12:5b) http://www.biblegateway.com/
To access the homily, the inspired, liturgical word:
Notes on the Sermon
“Who do you say that I am?” Only an answer with conviction, desire, and intent to live according to the confession will suffice. Peter’s confession was genuine, though later he failed; after failing, he repented. Always remembering his failure, St. Peter became intensely humble. He asked to be crucified upside down, counting himself unworthy of being crucified like Christ. We must own two things: that we are weak- without Him we can do nothing- and that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is great. Affirming these two things, we will conquer.
Published October 21, 2012
Christ , life! , vision
Joni and her husband Ken
Joni is a very energetic advocate for persons with disabilities; she herself is a quadraplegic. She is also a conservative evangelical Protestant Christian, who certainly counts herself pro-life. But she is also asking all of us to evaluate all that being pro-life means. Please, hear what she has to say.
And read what she says here in light of what the Lord says: “Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to Me.” (St. Matthew 25)
Real Break: Jerusalem 2010 (from their Facebook Page)
This is the third and final post from his Eminence Metropolitan Savas Sembillas” weblog Real Break: Jerusalem 2010, in which he and the Orthodox Christian College students with him lived and served at the Four Homes of Mercy in Bethany, near Jerusalem. His Eminence speaks of his accomodations, his experiences with the persons with disability who live at the home, as well as a trip into Jerusalem for Divine Liturgy and his experiences there.
Bethany, near Jerusalem
Here is the second post of three in which his Eminence Metropolitan Savas Zembillas shares his travel log of events he experienced with Real Break: Jerusalem 2010 and their time spent at the Four Homes of Mercy in Bethany, near Jerusalem:
OCF Real Break: Jerusalem 2010, on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/OCF-Real-Break-Jerusalem-2010/387899827575
The Various Services of the Four Homes of Mercy: http://www.fourhomesofmercy.com/ourservices.htm
The Story of the Foundress of the Ministry, Katherine George Siksek: http://www.fourhomesofmercy.com/katherine.htm
Saints Mary, Martha, & Lazarus of Bethany
His Eminence Metropolitan Savas Zembillas took part in Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s Real Break: Jerusalem in 2010.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship is the collegiate campus ministry in North America.
While there, His Grace and the Orthodox Christian college students stayed and helped at the Four Homes of Mercy in Bethany, which is near Jerusalem, a ministry which provides housing and services to people with disabilities. Here is this ministry’s website: http://www.fourhomesofmercy.com/index.htm
His Grace has a weblog and took notes on his stay there and here is the first of three posts on this experience, this time of interaction with both students and residents: http://savaonarolla.blogspot.com/2010/03/beginning-again.html
Here is a video, two minutes, forty-five second long, by a college student, Nicole DelVillano, a participant in Real Break: Jerusalem 2010, describing her experience: http://www.ocf.net/wikis/programs/real-break-jerusalem-2010-a-reflection-by-nicole-delvillano.aspx
St. Thomas the Apostle
St. Thomas the Apostle is an intercessor for persons with visual impairments (up to and including blindness). He was one of the Twelve disciples who were commissioned as Apostles and witnesses of the glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is known for his scepticism in regard to the word of the other apostles who had seen the Lord risen and alive. He wanted the most tangible proof- touching Christ’s wounds in His hands and side- before he would believe. And the Lord appeared before him, allowing him to do this. He carried the Gospel to India, where he was martyred for his beloved Lord in 72 A.D.
http://orthodoxwiki.org/Apostle_Thomas & http://www.antiochian.org/node/23987 & http://stthomassiouxcity.org/saints.aspx & http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-thomas-the-apostle/