John 3. 22-26

22. After this, Jesus went into Judaea with his disciples, stayed there with them, and baptised.
23. John too was still baptising at Aenon, near to Salim, because water was plentiful in that region, and people were constantly coming for baptism.
24. This was before John’s imprisonment.
25. Some of John’s disciples had fallen into a dispute with Jews about purification.
26. And they came to John and said: “Rabbi! The man who was you on the other side of the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, and crowds are flocking to him!”

Homily

A well-known homily follows; and below that my poetic take on it.

Good, better, best.

Good, better, best,
Never let it rest,
Until your good is better,
And your better, best.

Homily ©

I’m not me sparklin’ best in the mornin’,
And this is just a warning.
For good, better and best,
Are the only way to progress.
Life is but a test,
Of good, better and best.

I’m not me sparklin’ best at noon,
And for this I am going to be lampooned.
So try and get the day’s work done,
And rest a while at noon.
For life is but a test,
Of good, better and best.

I’m not me sparklin’ best at dusk,
And so the following is a must,
‘Early to bedders’ and ‘early to risers’,
Makes tomorrow full of surprises,
For life is but a test,
Of good, better and best.

John 3. 16-21

16. “God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life.”
17. “It was not to judge the world that God sent his Son into the world, but that through Him the world might be saved.”
18. “He who puts his faith in Him does not come under judgement, but the un-believer has already been judged, for he does not believe in the name of God’s only begotten Son.”
19. “This however is the judgement that the light has come into the world, but men preferred darkness to light because their deeds were and are evil.”
20. “An evil-doer hates the light and avoids it, fearing to be punished for his bad deeds.”
21. “The honest man comes to the light so that it may be clearly seen that God is in all he does.”

John 3. 13-15

13. “No one ascends to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, namely, the Son of Man whose home is in heaven.
14. This Son of Man must be lifted up as the serpent was lifted up by Moses in the wilderness.
15. So that all who believe in Him may not be lost, but in Him possess eternal life!”

John 3. 6-12

6. “Flesh can give birth only to flesh: It is the spirit that gives birth to spirit.”
7. “You ought not to be astonished when I tell you that you must be born over again!”
8. “The wind blows where it wills: You hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from, or where it is going. So with everyone who is born from the spirit.”
9. Nicodemus replied: “Master, how is this possible?”
10. Jesus answered and said to him: “You as a master of Israel do not know that?!”
11. “In very truth I tell you: We speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen and yet you all reject our testimony!”
12. “If you cannot believe when I talk to you of earthly things, how are you to believe If I should talk about the things of heaven?”

Mass extinctions

Mass extinctions ©

Life’s line adept continued on,
Through hazy light and ‘morrows gone.
They wandered here and over there,
And lived their lives no fear, no care.
Not knowing future paths,
They slept among the fronds and grass
Awoke to find a brand new day,
And lived it as they had before.

Then one day the sky turned dark,
And stayed that way for untold time.
The grasses died, so too the plants,
And soon lives lost far advanced,
Those living creatures frail or strong,
Who just happened to belong,
To life’s line adept, that continued on,
Through hazy light and ‘morrows gone.

John 3. 1-5

1. There was one of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Council.
2. He came to Jesus by night and said to Him: “Master, we know that You are a teacher sent by God; no one could perform these signs of Yours unless God were with him.”
3. Jesus answered, saying: “In truth, in very truth I tell you: “Unless a man has been born over again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
4. Nicodemus says to Him: “How can a man be born again when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”
5. Jesus answered: “In truth I tell you: No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born from water and spirit.”

John 2. 23-25

23. While He was in Jerusalem for Passover many believed in Him when they saw the signs He performed.
24. But Jesus would not trust Himself to them; He knew them all so well.
25. He needed no evidence from others about a man, for He Himself could tell what was in a man.

John 2. 18-22

18. The Jews challenged Jesus: “What sign can you show us as authority for your action?”
19. Jesus replied: “Destroy this temple and on the third day I will raise it again!”
20. Then the Jews said: “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you want to raise it again alone in three days?”
21. But they did not know that the temple He was speaking of was His body.
22. After His resurrection His disciples recalled what He had said and they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Unnecessary unemployment

There has been an unholy alliance in Australia to keep unemployment at a high level. Both major political parties and the business lobby are to blame. Greater supply of workers than the demand for them means individuals have to compete more strongly for available jobs. And those in work have to compete and work harder – sometimes excessively so – to maintain their position. This must have an impact on the well-being of the individuals concerned.

Usually the most skilled and educated people will not have a lot of problems finding employment but there are some who through no fault of their own will always have difficulties finding work. High expectations of potential employees – by employers – even for unskilled positions make it nearly impossible for some to find a job.

The unemployment rate in Australia is about 5 percent but when you take under-employment into account the rate is much higher. The same would be the case in other western nations. Then there is the issue of false economic reporting by governments. See economist John Williams’ www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data page.

There has been high unemployment in Australia since the 1970’s. Is there a solution to unemployment? Yes, said two retired political figures from the two main political parties in Australia. High unemployment apparently easily resolved through macro-economic policy.