This will be the back page for the bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist Church on Sunday, August 19, 2018 (13th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B).
As he lay dying in Romeo’s arms, Mercutio cries out, “ A plaque on both of your houses!” His death is the direct result of the antipathy and hatred between the Capulet and Montague households and will lead to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
John the Seer wrote of conquest, war, famine and death being the plagues that would destroy this earth, our home. These plagues are fed by ignorance and fear.
In Ephesians, Paul calls on the Ephesians to “think outside the box”, as it were, for if they don’t, that “box” will become their coffins.
The recent Gospel readings have focused on Jesus as the Bread of Life and the refusal of many to understand what He is saying. As I wrote last week, the people still see Christ as Joseph’s son; they lack a vision to see beyond. When Solomon became king, the one thing he wanted more than anything else was wisdom, the ability to see new solutions for the problems that he would face.
If we see Jesus as the carpenter’s son, as the people did, then we will never achieve what Solomon sought. But if we accept Jesus with all our heart and all our mind, we escape the box and find the means to solve the problems that plague us.
~~ Tony Mitchell