Isn't Jesus saying that people are more important than principles? The Pharisees were the
most principled people in Jesus' day, but he doesn't give them any praise! They could be
careful about the exact figures, like seven times or like exactly 10% of their income or how
many feet you could travel on a sabbath or how much work you could do. Jesus died for people,
not for principles. Sometimes putting principles first rather than the American people hurts
our country. I keep hearing our legislators talk about "standing on principles" but are they
thinking of the people first?
“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.