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Weekly Cartoon Gospel - 7/2/17
Faith Can Be a Touchy Subject
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace
to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For
I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against
her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and
one's foes will be members of one's own household. Whoever loves
father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever
loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever
does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their
life for my sake will find it. [...]
The Over-Zealous Zealot
Matthew continues with the theme of loyalty. Where
do our priorities really lie. If we love God with all our being
first and foremost, then our priorities are right. Hopefully we
never have to face a decision between faith and family or faith
and friends, but if we do ... may we choose wisely!
Lectionary for this Month (with cartoon links):
Jacob Gets a New Name - Israel
22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his
two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the
Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise
everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled
with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail
against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip
was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said,
"Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said,
"I will not let you go, unless you bless me." 27 So
he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob."
28 Then the man said, "You shall no longer be called Jacob,
but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and
have prevailed." 29 Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell
me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask
my name?" And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the
place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face,
and yet my life is preserved." 31 The sun rose upon him as
he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to
this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on
the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the
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As we can see here, Jacob is really into getting blessed. It's
interesting that Jacob, now called Israel, is afraid of Esau,
but wrestled all night with God or an Angel of God. At the end
the author throws in a little tidbit about a dietary practice
resulting from Jacob's injury. A good excuse for not eating something
that was probably pretty tough to begin with.
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