United Methodist bishop and contemporary theologian William Willimon wrote that without pride there would not be the six other deadly sins, which are envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. If we had a healthy self-esteem and an accurate sense of self-awareness, then we would be absent of pride. We would understand our attributes and the counterbalance of our faults, resulting in proper self-respect and respect of others. Willimon wrote: "Arrogance and conceit are two of the sins that are fathered (or mothered) by the sin of pride.
“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.