Being considered mad by the truly insane is no insult. So with Jesus, as his enemies and even his own family wondered about his sanity because he dared preach peace and hope. Their doubts could only shed favorable light on his work.
If our world creates war, injustice, and oppression and calls it "reality," perhaps we are justified in calling for holy madness. After World War I the saying arose that the only one who came out of the war with enhanced reputation was Jesus Christ. How much more must that be true in our day?
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Dean Feldmeyer Mary Austin Christopher Keating Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte Thomas Willadsen
But Father Abraham, says the rich man from his place in hell, I know my brothers didn’t believe Moses and the prophets but, if someone who has come back from the dead warns them, they will believe him.
Remember the story of Robin Hood? Robin Hood was no common thief; he was a distinguished social savior serving as an agent of the proper redistribution of wealth. “I take from the rich and give to the poor,” he said. Robin Hood believed Nottinghamshire should be one big, happy family, and he patrolled the highways and byways to make it so for the children and the peasants.
Our Sunday paper is so full of glossy magazine extras of various sorts, that it practically requires a wheel barrow to carry it all. I never get through all that is offered, but I do like to spend a leisurely hour or so reading some of the paper and flicking through the magazines, marvelling at the bizarre and flamboyant life-style apparently enjoyed by some people. Occasionally there are more serious articles as well and sometimes there can be quite a strange combination of articles, such as an article on diet immediately followed by several pages on chocolate cookery.