In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells the disciples that “those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” At first, of course, that aphorism strikes us as counterintuitive -- but as team member Dean Feldmeyer points out in this installment of The Immediate Word, it really is just common sense. Like household staples such as bread and wine, Jesus is telling us that life cannot be hoarded -- it has a limited “shelf life,” and as such needs to be used, needs to be broken, poured out, and shared with others.
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.