In the Old Testament passage assigned by the lectionary for the fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Isaiah excoriates the Israelites for their fasting practices. The Israelites are frustrated with what they perceive as the Lord's failure to meet their expectations, but God (through Isaiah) responds by calling them out for their sham theatricality and false humility, noting: "You serve your own interest on your fast day... you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist" (Isaiah 58:3-4).
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There are situations of inequality between us as individuals. How do we treat each other equally when we are not equals in different ways?
No question, though Jacob and Esau are twins, they’re not equals. Esau was stronger, and better equipped to live as a hunter/gatherer. Jacob may be more intelligent when it comes to being a game player, but in some ways, he is not as emotionally intelligent when it comes to treating his father and brother as real people.
Hi everyone! (Let them respond) I want to tell you a story that Jesus told people one day. He was walking with a bunch of people who had just met him and they wanted to know more about him. They asked him how they could be more like him and have more faith in God. Jesus told them this story:
I've always rather enjoyed word puzzles, from simple puzzles like filling in the missing letters to discover a certain word, to cryptic crossword puzzles. Some I can manage, and some I can't! But I enjoy puzzling over them and having a go.
One autumn, a young man aiming for the seminary left home to complete his college degree. When he returned in the spring, his parents had gone into the chicken-for-eggs business. To that point, he knew little about chickens, except for the fact that they made an excellent dinner. He learned quickly, however, that to call a person a chicken, though perhaps appropriate, is not an act of admiration. For the novice, nothing is more nauseating than a chicken house full of chickens. He decided, nevertheless, to learn about chickens.