This Sunday’s lectionary readings are centered on the themes of sheep and shepherds -- Psalm 23 tells us that “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”; the First Peter text reminds us that we “were going astray like sheep, but now have returned to the shepherd and guardian of [our] souls”; and in the gospel lection Jesus informs us that “I am the gate for the sheep.” In this installment of The Immediate Word, team member Mary Austin considers whether the church is functioning like the sheepfold Jesus references in the John text.
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.