Jeremiah 17:5-10 (Psalm 1); 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26
2 Kings 5:1-14 (Psalm 30); 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Mark 1:40-45
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37
They both were angry, and they had a right to be angry. Judy’s mother was chronically ill, and would be for the rest of her life. As an only child Judy felt responsible, and she did her duty, caring for her mother without assistance. She counted the cost all the way, exhausting people around her by eliciting sympathy from them, and then moving on to others. Judy talked often about what kind of help she needed, but she never actually looked for help. She had decided that God had willed her a difficult life, and that nothing would be good again until after her mother died and Judy was relieved of her burden.
Whereas my most “prophetic” sermons are in the imperative mood, Jesus preaches in the indicative.