At first glance, it seems like this week's lectionary texts are an exercise in class warfare -- there's the familiar verse from 1 Timothy advising that "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil" and exhorts us to "shun all this," and the gospel parable in which Jesus describes the gruesome fate that awaits a rich man who enjoyed the finer things in life while ignoring the needs of poor Lazarus. In addition, the Old Testament reading offers some rather curious investment advice, as God directs Jeremiah to buy a field even though the real estate market in Judah is in shambles.
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.