John, Matthew, and Mark report Jesus' feeding of the 5,000 and immediately relate the account of his walking on water. Only John, however, explains why Jesus left the crowd and went away: "When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew...." In the delightful rock opera, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Judas and the rest of the disciples sing a frenzied song amidst the tumult of the Palm Sunday procession, reflecting the same issue regarding kingship and ending with the expectation: "You will win yourself a throne!
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.