Though anti-Semitism has been on the wane in recent years in America, a 2011 poll by the anti-Defamation League found that there are still 15% of the public who are confirmed anti-Semites. The bigotry still appears in subtle ways. In the same poll it was found that 3 in 10 Americans think American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the U.S. This lesson makes clear that God is not about to give up on the Jews. They had the prophets and Jesus is descended from them. So much of Western society (including our legal-system-based-morality related to the Ten Commandments) is rooted in Judaism.
“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.