(Happy Mother's Day!)
Salvator Mundi - Savior of the World*
Dürer, Albrecht (1471 - 1528)
oil on wood, 1504
Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you have come to help me,
you are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your
liberation is bound up with mine,
then let us work together.**

                                                        ~ Aboriginal activists group, 
                                                          Queensland, 1970s

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life,
and that in turn another,
until who knows where the trembling stops
or in what far place my touch will be felt.
                                                        ~ Frederick Buechner

We drove to Missouri and had a lot of rainy weather.
But, oh!  How lush and green everything was!!!
What a delight!
Vicki and her friend, Alice
We helped Amy Lou, Vicki's aunt, celebrate her 89th birthday!
Coming home, we drove out of the rain and had clear skies.
Sacred Heart Church, Park, Kansas
A very impressive church; especially for a town of 150!
One of the many stained glass windows
We arrived back in Colorado on Thursday evening.  What a difference a week makes!
The snow had completely melted and I went out on my patio to enjoy the green vista. 
A lone elk wandered onto the scene and it was lovely and peaceful. 
The whole herd later hunkered down to spend the night.
I wasn't here last Sunday for the dedication of Bill Brockner's memorial bench,
but we saw it when we walked around the lake this morning.
The brass plaque is not yet ready.
Jeanne and I went to Evita this afternoon and enjoyed the art of
Joseph Raffael while we were there.
Huge watercolors!!!

When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
                                                        ~ John Muir
May 10, 2009    Fifth Sunday of Easter
Previous OPQs may be found at:      

* Devotional images of Christ as Salvator Mundi, or Savior of the World, were especially popular in Northern Europe. Christ raises his right hand in blessing and in his left holds an orb representing the earth. Dürer probably began this painting shortly before he departed for Italy in 1505, but completed only the drapery. His meticulous preparatory drawing on the panel is visible in the unfinished portions of Christ's face and hands.

22 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (58.1 x 47 cm)
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.64)

**Often attributed to Lila Watson, who has said she was "not comfortable being credited for something that had been born of a collective process" - the attribution here is the one she accepts.

”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."
John 15:1-8
Agnus Day, by James Wetzstein
Agnus Day appears with the permission of
Psalm 22:27
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to God;
   and all the families of the nations shall worship before God.
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:25-31
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8