Each morning an elderly woman was seen kneeling before a statue of the Virgin Mary at the city's great cathedral in Florence. Savanarola, the respected pastor of the city, commented to a friend on how devout the woman was. But the great fifteenth-century preacher was offered a word of caution. The woman he sees kneeling each morning, when she was young she was asked to pose as the Virgin Mary by the one of the cathedral's sculptures. What Savanarola was witnessing was not an act of contrition but one of egotism. She was kneeling before herself.
“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.