A man had two sons

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews A man had two sons by: – September 26, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Image via: mark1616.wordpress.comThis parable is open to interpretation in ways we can immediately recognize. A domestic interpretation immediately suggests itself. A parent, for example, asks one child to wash the wares: The child says yes, and hours later the dirty wares are still piled up in the sink. The parent asks a second child and gets a grumbling response: “Me again?! Why am I the only one you always turn to? What you can’t ask somebody else for a change etc?” But the wares get washed. Which child did the parent’s will? Obviously the second.For Jesus (and his listeners) the two sons symbolized two groups of people. The religious leaders of the day – they are the first son; and the prostitutes and sinners, those rejected by religious society, are the second. The leaders had pledged to welcome the Messiah when he came. Yet when John the Baptist announced his coming, they didn’t get rally around him. The tax-collectors and those rejected by religious society didn’t think the matter had anything to do with them, but when John invited them, they lined up right behind him.It must have been galling for the first group to hear that the second group was getting into the Kingdom before them; but you can imagine Jesus saying to them in reply. All you did was talk the talk.The parable can be interpreted in still other ways. You can take the two sons to represent two different kinds of persons. There’s the person who always talks religion, and there is a second type of person who doesn’t seem especially religious or comfortable talking about religion. The person of the second type doesn’t live in Church, but will do the most generous things and think nothing of it. The other type of person will always tell you know what sorts of things the Church should be doing etc, without doing much of anything themselves.Jesus clearly had a preference for doers, not talkers. By their fruits you shall know them, he said elsewhere, not their speech. In the last judgment scene in Matthew 25, people are judged by what they do vis a vis a variety of persons in need. They are not judged by whether or not they thought, for instance, that the poor should be fed. Who thinks that the poor should starve?The ideal, of course, is to be a doer and a talker, someone who preaches and practices. This is an ideal to which all of us only approximate. Somerset Maugham, the English writer, once remarked cynically that the function of a preacher is to preach, implying that it’s foolish to expect him to practice. But Maugham’s cynicism was misplaced. Preaching without complete practice, which is how preaching ordinarily occurs, has its value and its place, and it’s nothing to feel too apologetic about. Every parent, for example, must tell their children what they should avoid doing, even if the parents are not paragons of virtue. Parents still have to say what parents must say.The key thing, of course, is to be persons who keep striving to be the best, and not settle for minor improvement, for becoming just a little better. Jesus did not say to us: be ye therefore slightly improved. He said be ye therefore perfect, just as your heavenly father is perfect.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.Dlast_img read more

Fall Fun

first_imgIn the past, you have heard my concern over athletics not being fun for kids any more.  Many sport leagues are so intense these days that young athletes get burned out before they ever reach high school.The Batesville Babe Ruth League is offering a fun activity this fall that involves baseball and softball.  The games will be played during September and October and will be made available for athletes who want to have some fun recreation on weekends.  Games will be scheduled when enough athletes are available to compete.  They will be making every effort to avoid any conflicts with those students who are involved in a school sport.  No pressure will be placed on those participating.If the League is able to accomplish this goal, it will allow the athletes some fun time and will also give them some extra practice for next years summer leagues.  I think it just might work.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27, 2014

first_imgSunday, July 27, 2014•10:52 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary by an unknown suspect(s) in the 300 block W. 12th, Wellington.•2:28 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. C,  Wellington.•8:05 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block E. Lincoln,  Wellington. Saturday, July 26, 2014•12 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1000  block W. 8th,  Wellington.•12:49 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telephone by a known suspect in the 1000  block E. 16th,  Wellington.•7:20 a.m. Officers investigated a Wellington Ordinance violation in the area of Washington and Wellington railroad,  Wellington.•9:27 a.m. Grace V. Evans, 38, Moore, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.•9:44 a.m. Cass J. Myers, 24, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 51 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:33 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1000  block W. 8th,  Wellington.•11:59 a.m. Officers investigated minor in possession of alcoholic liquor and failure to yield to approaching vehicles in the 700  block W. 8th, Wellington.•1:39 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite by a known owner in the 900  block E. 9th,  Wellington.•1:42 p.m. Julie A. Carey, 45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dogs at large. Wellington Police notes for Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27, 2014:Friday, July 25, 2014•Officers conducted a welfare check in the Wellington.•8:16 a.m. Hope A. Vargas, 20,  Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 40 mph in a 30 mph zone (radar) and no proof of insurance.•12:30 p.m. Officers took a report of a child custody dispute in the 200  block N. C,  Wellington.•4:10 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 100  block W. 7th,  Wellington.•10:10 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1100  block E. 16th,  Wellington involving vehicles operated by Melody D. Smith, 55, Lamar, Mo. and Rachel Hearlson, 39,  Wellington.last_img read more

“CAC was good preparation for year-end competition” – Campbell

first_imgBronze medallist at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, Emmerson Campbell says this year’s tournament held in Mexico has played a huge role in the preparations for his upcoming assignment in November.Bronze medallist at the 2018 CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, Emmerson Campbell poses with his trophyThe Guyanese body-builder told Guyana Times Sport on Thursday during an exclusive interview that he was happy to have again represented his country with honour and success despite not winning the gold medal.“The experience was great; I missed gold by a point, but third place was really close. Overall, it was very close, but I was thankful that I managed to raise the bar; even though I didn’t win, I managed to improve my physique,” Campbell said.The long-time Sports Journalist has been representing Guyana at the CAC level for three years now, and he noted that this year was no different as he was happy to add more international tournaments to his collection. Guyana’s four-member team finished with two gold medals and a bronze, with Selvon Bruce Whatley winning gold in the Masters and Middleweight categories and Campbell capturing the bronze medal in the M. Physique.“This is the third time I competed at CAC level, the backstage and camaraderie was great, but I can’t wait to get back in the gym. My next competition is November 3rd and I’m very confident I’m winning that competition, because the Mexico tournament put a lot of confidence in me and it showed me I belong there.”The reigning Guyana Physique Champ concluded the interview by highlighting that his work ethic has significantly increased as his quest to dominate the next assignment was his main focus. “Well, I realised my work ethic allows me to be confident. I will continue grinding for my next tournament, which is the Stage of Champions right here in Guyana on November 3rd,” he concluded. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more