On the front of the one dollar bill, in the upper right-hand corner, there is a joke. It's been there for decades at least. Hidden among the web-like design that borders the bill there is what appears to be a spider, hiding at the top left-hand corner of the shield shape around the numeral 1. Whether it is truly intended to be a spider as some say, or whether is meant to be an owl or a skull, it is the kind of thing that you generally wouldn't notice on your own. We can look at something for years on our own, but only with help can we see what is right in front of us.
“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.