The feast of the Ascension is the ideal time for us to discuss the role of the Church in the world today, because it pits the earthly view of the first disciples (“Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”) and the heavenly view of Jesus (“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” [italics mine]; or, as in Luke’s gospel [24:47]: “...repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in [Jesus’] name to all nations...” [italics mine]).
“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.