Jack’s Winning Words 5/19/16
“Who is this Jesus who rattles my cage?” (Belden Lane) An article in Sojourner’s magazine says that people are hungering for a Jesus they can take seriously. That “Jesus” can lead to some conscience problems…like when I saw a girl standing at a corner with a sign asking for help. I didn’t see her as “Jesus” until I’d driven past. How about those in prison, in welfare lines, in substandard schools? If they actually had the face of Jesus, would we act differently? ;-) Jack
FROM TARMART REV: ...did talk to my sister celebrating their anniversary yesterday!! ====JACK: Some Winning Words deserve a follow up. Yes, yesterday was Visit Your Relatives Day.
FROM ST PAUL MIN ST PAUL: hey, i was up at 4:30 this morning waiting for the WWs. thought maybe you were under the weather. but glad to get them later in the day rather than not at all. ====JACK: Yes, I was up at that time, too. But, a computer glitch kept me from sending out Winning Words until my Apple Valley "techie" solved the problem.====SP: i sympathize. these are wonderful "machines" but when they go haywire (where did that phrase come from?) its usually a mess.====JACK: Without going to Google...Hay used to be baled with wire that came in coils. Sometimes it would uncoil into a mess and could not be used in the baling machine. Now to Google..."This is likely to be a literal allusion to scrambled hay-wire - anyone who has handled coils of wire will be familiar with its determination to gather into an irretrievable tangle."
FROM JB IN OLV: A long while ago I made the decision to give money, food, whatever to the people on the corners and the panhandlers downtown after the various events. I am called to help…not to judge and not to worry about what the recipient will do with my gift. A friend pointed out that I am leaving myself open to being taken advantage of….I have taken advantage of God too many times to count and He has been gracious in allowing me things that I probably could have done without.====JACK: Interestingly, there was a St. Jacqueline who was so inspired by work of St. Francis of Assisi in helping the poor, that she to became a follower of his. You could be a reincarnation of her.
FROM RS IN TEXAS: Yes...........And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ====JACK: Yes, that passage has always been a "cage rattler" for me.
FROM SHARIN' SHARON: I have a friend now who is struggling with homelessness and family is alienated. Hoping this person can see Jesus in the people this person meets at the homeless shelter. Already left one shelter downtown because had a big scare wherein another homeless person was kicked out of the facility at 10:30 p.m. due to the manager believing that person had been drinking. My friend didn't believe this way and really just thought the manager didn't like the person and so figured it was better to sleep outside here than sleep outside there. Trying to see Jesus in the vulnerable and also hoping the vulnerable and downtrodden see Jesus in me and others. Challenging to see clearly though and I'm sure many sins are committed all the time. Like your WW again today and glad you got the computer problem solved.====JACK: Your responses are so interesting and so on point. Thanks