Although most lectionary guides (including this one) deal only with the three lessons appointed for each day, we must remember that there are actually four assigned scripture readings. It is okay, pastors, to preach on the psalm now and then, and this day is arguably the best day of the year to do so. The appointed psalmody is Psalm 23, the most beloved text in the entire Bible. Furthermore, the theme of Jesus as shepherd is prominent in both the second reading and the Gospel lesson for today.
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 2, 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.