Preaching The Lectionary Psalms for Cycles A, B, C
(See Maundy Thursday, Cycle A, and Maundy Thursday, Cycle B, for alternative approaches to vv. 1-2, 12-19.)
Classed as a song of thanksgiving, Psalm 116 both celebrates God's answer to the psalmist's prayers for help (vv. 1-2) and declares the psalmist's intention to now go to the temple and "return to the Lord" those things the psalmist had promised while praying the prayers (vv. 12-14). Admittedly that does give a bit of a quid pro quo feel to the psalm, but the psalmist can hardly be faulted for following through on what he had promised to do.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.