Miracles, wisdom and kindness

I know what everyone wants
is a miracle.
Mary Oliver

The Good Samaritan Vincent van Gogh

The Good Samaritan, after Delacroix. Vincent van Gogh

Musings on Jews and Greeks

I know what everyone wants
is a miracle.
This wasn’t a miracle.
Unless, of course, kindness –

as now and again
some rare person has suggested –
is a miracle.
As surely it is.       In the storm, Mary Oliver

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.        1 Corinthians 1:22-24

I know a man of such
   mildness and kindness it's trying to
change my life.  

On thy wondrous works I will meditate (Psalm 45), Number 7, Mary Oliver

"For Paul, and for those who follow the Christian way, the crucified one is more powerful in his silent suffering than any power of this world or even of the next."  

Silence, a Christian History, Diarmaid MacCulloch