Let us go elsewhere

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Photo credit: thomaspringle.comI want to comment on two features of today’s Gospel. First, in the midst of his work and the great response the work inspired –“The whole town came crowding round the door.” “Everybody is looking for you.” — Jesus takes time to go off by himself and pray.It was his standard practice, as the other Gospels indicate, and from it we can draw some important inferences. It was how he was able to remain connected to his source, to be clear about his priorities, and to act with purpose and freedom.You notice that it is in the midst of busyness that he goes off; he does not allow himself to be overtaken by his work. He does not say: “This is too important for me to go away now. I have to be here.” We say that all the time about a host of less important things.Secondly, he goes off to a place where he won’t be disturbed. “A lonely place”, the text says. Around Nazareth there were wide stretches of desert or barren spaces. For Jesus, quite unlike our surroundings, this was his ordinary environment. We don’t have to go looking for “some deserted place” to recollect ourselves. A bedroom will do. “Long before dawn,” he went off, we are told further. Again, this is not a prescription for getting up at 4 am. It means at a time when he was least likely to be disturbed. It need not be 4 am for us; it could just as readily be 9 am, or if you’re working, 9 pm.The second feature I’d like to comment on comes at the end of the passage. We are told that when he came out of his time of prayer, the disciples say to him: “Everyone’s looking for you.” He doesn’t say in reply: “OK then, send the first one in.” He says: “Let us go elsewhere.” There is obviously great need where he is, but he says “Let us go elsewhere”. That ‘elsewhere’ is somewhere neglected, where work has not been done, or not yet been done. Let us go there.One must imagine what great level of freedom this implies. Freedom and clarity of purpose. He is quite clear what he is about, what he needs to do, and how he ought to apportion his time. It need not have corresponded to what the disciples thought, or what their view of priorities may have been. He decides what he must do.Going against expectations in situations like this or analogous to this takes courage. People say: you’re doing great work here, we admire what you do, we want it to continue, and so on. And sometimes one has to disappoint them and have the courage to do something else.Let me take a very familiar example. Before he became identified with SERVOL, Fr. Gerry Pantin was a teacher in St Mary’s College. I am pretty sure he was a good teacher, and if a poll had been taken as to whether or not he should leave St Mary’s and go up to Laventille to start something, I rather suspect that the majority of those polled would have said: why do you want to do that? We need you here; you’re doing great work here. Everybody wants you to stay. The point is not that great work was not being done at St Mary’s or would not have continued to be done, but that there were other needs in his mind, and he answered: I have to go elsewhere.We are sometimes faced with situations like these, not as life-altering perhaps, but not less significant for all that, when we are asked to show courage and “go elsewhere.” It is in listening to a personal summons grounded in private prayer that we discover what is right for us. It is also there that we get the courage to obey the summons we get.To follow Jesus, I have often said, is not to imitate him literally. This is often impossible. It means incorporating a personal structure in our lives similar to his. This is essentially true, I think. On occasion, however, literalness has its place. Sometimes we must simply do the very thing we see him doing.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Let us go elsewhere by: – February 4, 2012last_img read more

Martin County Allows Facial Covering Order for General Public to Expire

first_imgHowever, facial coverings are still required for employees working inside grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and gyms within the county.That order will not expire unless the state of emergency ends or Martin County officials decide that it is no longer needed. The mask ordinance that had required all Martin County residents to wear face coverings where social distancing is not possible has expired.County officials unanimously passed the order, which was valid for 30 days and was not renewed, on July 7.As of Aug. 7, Martin County has reported 3,802 coronavirus cases and 92 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.DOH UPDATE: COVID19 tests & positive cases down across FL, due to Isaias, testing sites closed. Operations returning to normal, likely the numbers will return to pre-storm. View Interactive charts https://t.co/0kRmexuk9V…Data at https://t.co/nMgy99qQoN & https://t.co/h6QC8YpKPc pic.twitter.com/DE7pBgNwxS— Martin County BOCC (@MartinCountygov) August 7, 2020last_img read more

ACC commissioner John Swofford to retire in June 2021

first_img Published on June 25, 2020 at 1:25 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford will retire following the 2020-21 athletic year, the conference announced Thursday morning. During his tenure, Swofford increased the number of ACC schools from nine to 15 through two expansions, including one that involved Syracuse seven years ago.Currently finishing his 23rd year in the role, Swofford is the fourth commissioner in ACC history. He took on the position after serving as North Carolina’s athletic director for 17 years. The ACC’s statement did not name Swofford’s successor.“It has been a privilege to be a part of the ACC for over five decades,” Swofford said in the conference’s press release. “There are immediate challenges that face not only college athletics, but our entire country, and I will continue to do my very best to help guide the conference in these unprecedented times through the remainder of my tenure.” As commissioner, Swofford was instrumental in the College Football Playoff expansion and the ACC/Big 10 Challenge for both men’s and women’s basketball, according to the release. He also helped establish the ACC Championship Game and Orange Bowl partnership for football. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse officially joined the ACC alongside Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville in 2013 as a second wave of additions. The first wave, which expanded the number of ACC schools from nine to 12 in 2004, included Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech.The conference last August also launched ACC Network, a vision Swofford proposed in July 2016 that gave the league a revenue generator and an avenue to highlight non-revenue sports.The ACC’s Council of Presidents announced Monday that it will revise its constitution and bylaws to improve governance. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud will serve as chair of the ACC’s Board of Directors, which the 15 league presidents and chancellors will fill. Swofford, serving as the conference’s chief executive officer, will be part of the new alignment for one year before retiring. “John Swofford, in his historic tenure, has come to embody the very best of the ACC,” Syverud said in the release.last_img read more

WESA expands once more with Splyce and North joining the ranks

first_imgWESA has added North and Splyce to its ranks as full members as it continues its expansion. The news brings WESA membership up to 13 teams in total.Credit: WESAAlthough WESA faced staunch criticism after initial launch, the continued welcoming of new teams clearly signals that many are becoming more accepting and the organisation is making progress in its aim to “professionalise esports, and solidify its place as the leading global esports association”. North are the esports arm of Nordisk Film and renowned Danish football club F.C. Copenhagen and field a complete roster that hasn’t quite lived up to expectations since launch — having acquired a talented Team Dignitas roster initially. The team is in the midst of roster changes as the next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive shuffle period continues but is still regarded as one of the strongest out there. At the PGL Major Krakow, North lost in the quarter finals to Virtus.pro but still retained legend status that thus provides them with automatic qualification for the next Major. Splyce, on the other hand, is more of an odd move. The team currently only has three players signed to its Counter-Strike roster and has only played in a Major once, finishing 13th-16th back in March 2016 at MLG Colombus. Whether or not the move to join WESA by Splyce indicates that the organisation is looking at getting back into Counter-Strike or WESA’s intention to move out of CS:GO remains to be seen.Whilst players unbanned by ESL and ESIC following last months survey results and amendments to Code of Conduct are now allowed to play in ESL tournaments — they are still limited elsewhere. Within WESA, ESL are members and the WESA rules and regulations govern tournaments such as the ESL Pro League amongst others. Could this suggest that Splyce are considering going in for the former iBuyPower squad that are sure to emerge with a fairly solid roster in North America at some point in the near future? It’s all mere speculation at this point — but there seems little reason for Splyce to join unless one of the aforementioned criteria are satisfied. “We’re delighted that both North and Splyce have elected to join WESA,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner, WESA. “Bringing in two more teams that affiliate with a leading traditional sports franchise increases our ability to both develop and build out our esports offerings, as well as move the industry forward in new and exciting ways. These organisations know the importance of structure and order in an industry, and will aid WESA’s mission to solidify these facets within our own.”“Since the debut of North earlier this year, we have taken steps to grow our organisation’s awareness within the esports industry. We are excited for the opportunity to join WESA and continue leaving our footprint in the esports world,” commented Jacob Toft-Andersen, Chief Gaming Officer, North. “We look forward to working with WESA and its Members to further professionalise the industry as a whole.”“This is an exciting time for team owners, as we are able to work together to continue advancing the infrastructure and sustainability of this industry for our staff, players and shareholders,” asserted Marty Strenczewilk, CEO & Co-Founder, Splyce. “Working with the storied teams that make up WESA was an obvious choice for us at Splyce, as it gives us the opportunity to work on projects that can have a huge impact on the entirety of esports alongside owners who are as passionate and dedicated as we are.”Esports Insider says: Continued expansion from WESA is definitely positive for the organisation. Many eyes will turn and wonder why Splyce are involved but only time will tell. For now, congratulations to all parties.last_img read more

Manchester United’s on loan forward comes closest to breaking the deadlock at Deepdale

first_img1 Preston 0-0 Middlesbrough Newly promoted Preston North End drew 0-0 with last season’s Championship play-off losers Middlesbrough, in a tame opening game of the season at Deepdale.On-loan Manchester United forward Will Keane was closest to breaking the deadlock, but the Preston man’s first half effort was cleared off the line by Boro’s George Friend.For the visitors, a Grant Leadbitter effort that flew narrowly wide was the sum total of their goal threat, with Stewart Downing, deployed in the ‘number 10 role’, failing to inspire Middlesbrough in the first match of his second stint with the club.last_img