Now and again, one of my students will come into class and I'll greet her or him, but get
no response. Sometimes I'll even walk up to the student when she sits down, and make
my presence obvious. Then she will look up startled, pull back her hood, and yank the
buds out of her ears or turn down her iPod so that she re-engages the world in which I
exist. When her recorded music was shouted in her ears, she became deaf to this world
and alive to another.
In a sense, that is what each of today's lectionary passages wants to have happen in the
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.