In the midst of Holy Week I can't resist paying a tribute to John Clarke, best known in New Zealand for his Fred Dagg role which made him a part of our national lore...
Humans too often make the fatal mistake of separating body and soul, yet our deep desire is for unity of body and soul.
Both readings are personal favourites and every time I hear them and ponder them these texts speak to me in new and powerful ways.
Too often we settle for an existence of lurching from one satisfaction to the next.
I know a few people, including several Food For Faith followers, who are nearing death. Some of these are elderly and accepting that their life on earth is naturally coming to an end. Others, well before their time, are struggling with poor health and living with diagnoses of terminal illness.
Feelings that are uppermost in human consciousness are simply a starting point for discernment.