John K. Stendahl
John Stendahl is pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Newtons (ELCA) in Newton, Massachusetts.
"Ephphatha!" Jesus cries in Mark 7. "Open up!" In that passage the command is specifically about hearing and speech. But the image seems emblematic of the gospel in many ways.
“Life isn’t fair,” my four-year-old granddaughter once told me. She offered this judgment as a thoughtful observation, not a whining complaint. I remember taking genuine pleasure in her remark—not just a delight in her early capacity for philosophical reflection, but also a sense that this particular wisdom could be of blessing in the life ahead of her.
Look, people are sinking under the waters. Here in this wilderness, people are perishing.
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