Let's not romanticize the sheep in the story of the good shepherd. Martin Luther says that sheep "are the most foolish and stupid animals" (Complete Sermons, Vol. 2/1, p. 21). We know that this description can also apply to us, for we do all sorts of stupid things -- lying, cheating, backstabbing -- the lifestyle Survivor and other reality shows glorify. Luther's version of the soft, loving voice of the good shepherd is a comforting, loving one, which calls us back to him: "Therefore [Jesus says] joyfully abide in me and let none other rule your consciences.
“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.