Mutant ministry

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Psalm 62:5-12

Many erstwhile human encounters with the divine word are fraught with irony. The Bible is full of examples: Balaam’s talking ass; the promise of a patriarchal heir so long overdue that the child is named for the ensuing hilarity; the virtuous foreign woman deemed to be worth seven times the family-redeeming child she bears for her mother-in-law; the messianic savior born in a hovel and killed like a common criminal.


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