A clear theme emerges from the lectionary texts for the Second Sunday in Lent -- how we deal with our enemies and (more broadly speaking) evil in the world. In the Genesis passage God tells Abram not to be afraid because "I am your shield," and tells Abram that "your reward shall be very great" (i.e., the covenant). In the gospel reading, Jesus confronts this issue directly when he pointedly refuses to flee the area where he is teaching and healing, even though he is warned by some Pharisees that Herod is plotting his demise.
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Ron Love’s main article will look at the Ten Commandments. We have taken seriously the maxim that “rules were made to be broken,” as even a casual glance at the world today reveals. Take your pick: from climate change (“You shall have no other gods before me,”) to Covid-19 (“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,”) and pretty much everything in between, the headlines reflect our abandoning of honoring God and our neighbor.
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Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The toy “Etch A Sketch” is sixty years old in 2020. Wow! That’s hard to believe, isn’t it? I remember playing with an Etch A Sketch as kid. It had a red border surrounding the screen and two knobs which you could move to cause the sketch to be made. There is an Etch A Sketch website that celebrates this iconic toy’s birthday and has pictures of some amazing sketches.
Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. (vv. 33-34)
Praxis the colourful pixie was up to mischief. Praxis was a very rare pixie whose skin changed colour according to his mood, and just now he was bright purple with excitement. Mr Grump the goblin teacher had been called away by an urgent message, leaving the pixies to get on with learning their spellings.
Grace loves to garden and she tends her garden carefully. She lives in a town of two million, in a quiet neighborhood in a three--bedroom house with a nice backyard. She is happy where she is.
The environment is very important to Grace, who is a retired geography teacher. Her husband is in the Alzheimer's unit at a nearby hospital, and Grace uses her time to garden as her meditation time. She has lived a good life, and she is thankful for every thing and every day she gets. She is grateful for her life of 81 years.