The power of God’s word, spoken and written, is emphasized in several places in scripture. It is God’s word ? “Let there be light!” -- that calls the universe into being. Jesus is identified as the Word made Flesh, present at the creation, there from the beginning. And in today’s scripture passages the power of words and the Word are made apparent.
Yet we live in an age where people seem impervious to the power of words, and to God’s word. Whether in politics, society, families, or the church, one is expected to stake out an opinion and block out whatever anyone else says!
“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.