We often think of Martin Luther sequestered in the Wartburg Castle in 1521, as the sole translator of the Bible from Greek into German, the language of the commoner. But Luther had assistance from a man we seldom hear of, Johannes Bugenhagen, who was a professor at the University of Wittenberg. Bugenhagen then went on to complete an alternative translation of the Bible into Low German, making the reading of the Bible available to even more individuals.
Application: Jesus shared the words God had given to him, just as we are to share the word of God with others.
“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.