This meeting between Jesus and the unnamed scribe recounted in the gospel lesson for today catches our attention because it is such a cordial encounter. We come across it in a section of Mark's gospel marked by controversy and the exchange of harsh words between Jesus and his opponents. Jesus has cleansed the temple and denounced the priests and scribes triggering murderous thoughts in their hearts. He further incites animosity with the parable of the wicked vinedressers. His authority is challenged and he is then baited with trick questions.
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 2, 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.