Baptism makes living the Christian life easy. Americans do not want to believe that. Two 2013 polls by the Gallup organization revealed that most of us link religion and morality, so that as we have become less religious (more secular) we have become less moral. But this lesson makes clear that morality is just a happy by-product of faith and of being baptized. What we have here is as Martin Luther once wrote (quoting Augustine) "a complete description of the man who has been placed under grace..." (Luther's Works, Vol. 25, p. 308).
“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.