The story of Jonah seems to contrast God's attitude toward the world and our own. Jonah did not seem to care, God did. God was filled with compassion, Jonah lacked it. One day a pastor was visiting with a parishioner who had recently visited Washington, D.C. with his wife in order to see the Vietnam Memorial. They had gone in hopes of seeing the name of their son, who had been killed in Vietnam. The man related this story. He said, "Part of the monument had been fenced off while a sidewalk was being repaired. Several individuals came up wanting to see the names of their deceased sons.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.