My wife and I are helping a girl in prison near our residence. She was a former grade school pupil of my wife's years ago. When we first went to see her in jail before she was sentenced, she wept to see us. She had no real family in our area. Her father was in prison for killing her mother. Now she calls us Mom and Dad. The first thing she said when we went to see her: "Why did you come to see anyone as bad as me? I did a terrible thing and deserve jail!" She had stolen a CD from a store while under the influence of drugs and shot into the ceiling when they tried to stop her.
“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.