Matthew 6: 24-34

A friend recently sent me a joke which consisted of a series of satirical proofs that Jesus was by turns Jewish, African, German, French, Irish, English, and so forth.  It concluded with the following punch line:

But the most compelling evidence of all – 3 proofs that Jesus was a woman:

 1. He fed a crowd at a Moments notice when there was virtually no food

2. Even when He was dead, He had to get up again because there was still work to do

3. He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn’t get it

Once I stopped laughing, I was struck by the fact that the punch line, even while it purported to prove that Jesus was a woman, nevertheless continued to use the masculine personal pronoun – Jesus was a woman because “he” had to do this and that.  This immediately brought to mind that superb passage in Galatians in which Paul proclaims: In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. Continue reading “Matthew 6: 24-34”

Matthew 28: 16-20

The great American linguist, Benjamin Whorf, once wrote: “Language is not simply a reporting device for experience, but a defining framework for it.”  By this he meant that language is not merely the medium through which we convey to others our experience of reality, it is also the framework through which we perceive and understand reality.  In other words, how we make sense of the world, how we understand reality, frequently depends on our use and construction of language.  Continue reading “Matthew 28: 16-20”