You won't get any less thirsty by drinking from an empty glass. It's not a very good idea to dive into an empty pool. And no one is ever bragging when they tell you that they feel empty inside. But you can't fill a glass with what you want to drink unless it is empty first. When you build a pool from scratch, you build it with nothing in it. It can't hold water unless it starts out empty. The emptier something is, the more it can be filled. The more we empty ourselves of our pride, fears, ego, and greed, the more room there is for the grace of God.
“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.