One of my favorite novelists is Jan Karon, author of the Mitford series featuring Father Tim Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest. In her novel In the Company of Others, Father Tim and his wife visit Ireland staying at a bed and breakfast. Bella, the owners' daughter, is filled with bitterness and brokenness in her life. Innkeeper Anna knows that Father Tim's adopted son, Dooley, also came to him with brokenness in his life. Anna questions the priest on how he dealt with the anger that Dooley brought when he first moved in with him.
“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.