As Holy Week draws near, the lessons carry the struggle between past and present, continuity and disruption, memory and anticipation.
This week, the lesson from the Old Testament and the lesson from the gospel are related by contrast rather than by similarity. In Isaiah 43, the prophet connects the glorious past of God's people with their bright future. In Luke 20, the evangelist reports Jesus' assessment of the ignoble past and an imminent chastening. Although the former envisions a promising continuity, the latter prepares for a disrupting fresh beginning.
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.