I always think of that old spiritual "Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, now hear the word of the Lord." Ezekiel receives a word from the Lord. Notice that the Lord has Ezekiel pronounce the words of resurrection for those bones. I'm not sure I would even obey if I heard a voice telling me to do that. I would more likely ask, "Who are you really?" But Ezekiel obeys and the Lord performs one of his greatest miracles. It was probably at the time of the Chaldean uprising. The people were understandably in despair. That is when the Lord can seem closest to 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.