Aren't we like Peter in some ways? We have to have Jesus' parables explained to us. That
is one reason we come to church.
Maybe something in our background, our family traditions make it harder to understand.
Just one example might be pork, which Jews aren't supposed to eat. And we might have a rule
against putting any wine in our mouth (except for communion) -- even though our Lord drank it
at the Last Supper. (I had one pastor tell me that Jesus really drank grape juice.)
This passage is also including, not only food, but also thoughts which could be evil. That
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.