A major theme in the lectionary texts this week is nourishment of the body and soul. Isaiah asks why we "spend [our] money for that which is not bread, and [our] labor for that which does not satisfy" -- but the truth of the matter is that we do it because it offers us what we desire (or think we desire)... even if it doesn't provide us with lasting sustenance. Of course, there's no better example of this than the American obsession with junk food, which has given rise to a powerful multi-billion dollar industry that is a key contributor to the epidemic of obesity.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.