In Matthew, Jesus tells the fascinating story of a man hiring people for a day's wage, and
how at the close of the day when wages were paid, the first hired thought they deserved
more. They wanted an hourly wage instead of the agreed amount.
I recall my first daily wage, when as a hard-working fifteen-year-old, I received a $5 bill
from my Uncle Ed. In 1945 that seemed like a lot. My highest hourly wage was paid by
the veteran's hospital in Iowa City at $25 an hour. Our daughter, a physician's assistant,
receives more than double that amount on weekends and holidays.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.