One simple comma is the difference between heaven and purgatory, and it makes that decision in today's gospel reading. Luke 23:43: "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." If you put the comma before "today," Jesus is saying that the thief will join him in paradise this very day. If you put the comma after "today," Jesus is saying that the thief will join him in paradise, but it doesn't necessarily say when. The ambiguity of this sentence is appropriate for the Easter story. We are just as hazy on what to expect in the afterlife as Jesus' contemporaries were.
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 II, 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.