Moses has been on Mount Sinai receiving from God the two tablets of the covenant law: "the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18b NIV). His absence lasted so long that the Israelites became frustrated and impatient with Moses... and his God. Complaining to Aaron, they wanted a new god since they didn't get what they wanted from Moses -- the result a golden calf made by their own hands. What a substitute! They were so happy that they shouted and danced the night away so loudly that it reached the heaven of God and the cliffs of Moses' mountain.
“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.