Can we start out like Paul? Are we confident in that we have been baptized, confirmed, and attend church and contribute? Paul would call all that a loss compared to knowing Christ.
There is a difference between knowing Christ and just knowing about him. We can study in a seminary and be full of knowledge about Christ, but do we know him? That can be something hard for us Lutherans with our wise learning. I'm not sure how we can know if someone really knows Christ except by the way he or she lives. Do we feel love emanating from them? Do we sense a genuine joy in them?
“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.