Jonah revisited

The first readings so far this week have been from the Book of Jonah. Earlier this year I posted a series of 14 or so blogs, a kind of mini-commentary on the Book of Jonah. You can see the groups of posts here, with the beginning post at the bottom of the stack. But if you would rather see an overview of the Book of Jonah, our good friends at The Bible Project have this great video on Jonah. As always, I encourage you to support the not-for-profit work of The Bible Project.

Homage to the Coast Guard

There is a natural rivalry between the sea-going branches of the service – Navy and Coast Guard. The boasting of the “deep blue sailors” over the “puddle pirates” who patrol lakes. It is mostly good-natured. But as a submariner who was always able to avoid the storms at sea by going under them to the safety of the deep, there is no way I would want to be on one of the Great Lakes in a storm. There are some 1,500 shipwrecks in Lake Michigan alone. Those waters can be powerful and strike the fear-of-God into any sailor. A friend of mine served in the Coast Guard and his tales of South Florida drug interdiction are the stuff of action-hero movies.

So, as a homage to the brave men and women of the Coast Guard – BZ and for everyone, enjoy this clip from the movie, The Guardian. The commanding officer’s speech is over the top, but on target! Enjoy

The Good

This coming Sunday is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle B of the Lectionary. It is a familiar story as Jesus is asked. “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” (Mark 10:17)

In the Hebrew Scriptures only God is called “good,” although it was permissible to speak of “the good man” (e.g. Proverbs 12:2 etc.) as a characteristic derived from one’s fidelity to God. But the expression “Good teacher” has no parallel in Scripture or Jewish sources. One can only take it as a true expression of the man’s estimation of Jesus as someone close to God who would teach with wisdom. Continue reading