Under the guise of harshness, the prophet Jeremiah wants us to see in God’s earnest desire to get our attention a desperate attempt to get us turned from a ruinous path. Under the guise of a friend who has no legal standing in the matter of a slaveholder and his runaway slave, Paul speaks gently but firmly in an attempt to force the slaveowner’s hand. Jesus appears to some in the guise of a miracle worker and a healer, but he reveals himself to be one who speaks words of warning in a harsh fashion in the hopes that true healing will take place.
“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.