Talk about a fire and brimstone sermon! Most will turn people off, but this one hit home. The folks Peter was addressing took it to heart. The sudden change is interesting. Thousands followed Jesus in his ministry. He healed many and fed 5,000 at one time, and yet when Jesus was on trial there were many who turned against him -- even right after that Palm Sunday march only a few days before. Were these the same ones who condemned him or was this a different group? Remember that the Pharisees had him captured in secret in the garden so the crowd would not overcome them.
“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.