Cycle B Gospel Text Sermons for Pentecost First Third
It's about time we stopped being so hard on Nicodemus. For centuries it has been popular to cut this biblical character down to size. It's still possible to run upon highly unfavorable appraisals of his life. Listen to how one writer described this first-century Jewish aristocrat:
"Nicodemus moved at night, like a frightened bird. Too brave for cowardice and too hesitant for heroism, he sought the cover of doubt's darkness whenever God's light threatened him. Nicodemus was the Night Disciple, the apostle of honest questioning and stalemated intellect.
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 II, 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.