New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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PAX TV, the family entertainment broadcast network, will present the U.S. premiere of “Jeremiah” from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The movie brings to life the powerful story of the biblical prophet Jeremiah, who made a dramatic call for faith and repentance amidst the Babylonian invasion of the Kingdom of Judah.
“Jeremiah” is the second production to air on PAX from the production team responsible for the mini-series, “Solomon,” and the Emmy Award-winning miniseries “Joseph.” Like those previous productions, “Jeremiah” was filmed on location in Morocco and is precise in his
torical detail. A multi-denominational group of biblical scholars were consulted for the screenplay, and the film remains true to the historical message of the Bible’s story of Jeremiah. The film reconstructs the settings of Jeremiah’s time in the
sixth century B.C., a volatile era that witnessed Jerusalem’s descent from opulence to misery while under siege by the Babylonians.
For more information, visit the PAX TV Web site at www.paxtv.com.
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Patrick Dempsey and Leonor Varela star as the ill-fated couple, Jeremiah and Judith in PAX TV’s U.S. premiere presentation of Jeremiah, airing Sunday, Aug. 27, 9 to 11 p.m., ET/PT on PAX TV. In an effort to save his people, Jeremiah must sacrifice his own happiness and the woman he loves so that he may heed God’s call and ultimately help save the Kingdom of Judah.“Jeremiah” airs on PAX TV
The parable of the salsaTim JUDKINS
There once was a couple vacationing in the Ozarks. As they wandered the streets of the small vacation town of Eureka Springs, they voluntarily entered a store that specialized in salsa, hot sauce and the like. Perhaps they were intrigued because they didn't expect to fund such a store in a town where it was doubtful that anyone could even spell “nacho.” The couple was not forced to enter the store. There was no “greeter” at the door shoving them in. They were quite simply, curious. Their hunger for authentic salsa in an unexpected place drew them in.
Upon entry, they found themselves perusing the shelves, investigating the product that was so prominently displayed. Being in a tourist town, they fully expected to be accosted by the proprietor of the shop since his livelihood, if not his self-esteem, depended on safes of salsa. The shop owner, the sole representative of salsa to Eureka Springs, remained behind the counter, confidently prepared to assist “seekers” of salsa in the satisfaction of their quest.
The couple had no intention of buying anything. They were simply shopping. It was the common practice among countless people who were milling around the streets of the vacation community. I Their interest increased as they examined the variety of products that lined the shelves. The presentation was certainly attractive enough to hold their interest.
They approached the counter where a table was set that allowed for a taste test of a few samples of >alsa. Sampling anything always delighted the couple (especially the man) so without any intention of commitment to a purchase, the couple sampled some salsa that the proprietor had made available.
Surprisingly, the salesman did not harangue, pressure or manipulate the couple into either tasting the salsa or ultimately purchasing I the salsa. He didn’t preach the glories of salsa, its nutritional benefits (if there are any) or that his shop is the only legitimate place to purchase satisfying salsa. He simply offered a taste and the couple, w ho are connoisseurs of hot sauce, willingly ingested and evaluated on their own. The proprietor did offer some helpful insight into the flavor the couple was experiencing w hich made it all the more desirable.
The salsa sold itself. The couple tasted and determined that the sauce was good and before leaving the store, they had purchased a jar of salsa - in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
The meaning of the parable is this: spiritually hungry people are searching for spiritual authenticity. There are many “shops” out there try ing to get people to buy their product. Preachers use methods that often turn people away rather than toward the product. What these “salesmen” often forget is that the product sells itself.
Churches and their ministers should confidently present Jesus in His fullness to those searching for truth. Let the shoppers investigate and evaluate Jesus on his terms. Some may still walk out without making the purchase.
lf the product has been responsibly presented in attractive and npn-pressured ways, however, it will inevitably sell itself.
(Tim Judkins leads the contem-porary worship service each Sunday at First ,, >if
Following God’s Multiplication Table
2 Kings 4:42-44; John 6:1-15
By Rev. Msgr. Edward F. Bily
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The dedication ceremony of the Sts. Peter & Paul enlarged and renovated church on Sunday, July 23, was conducted by Bishop Thomas Flanagan, the Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop Patrick Flores of the Archdiocese of San Antonio This having been the first opportunity for about 1,000 people to
witness a dedication of such a magnitude proved to be very educational, inspiration and spiritually enlightening. Undoubtedly this occasion will be remembered by all attendants as a historic event for the community of Sts. Peter & Paul parish as well as for the entire community of New Braunfels,
(Rew Msgr Edward F. Rily is Parochial Vicar at Sis. Peter & Paul Church.)
TWO TIMES TWO EQUALS FOUR
THV TIMES THREE EQUALS SIX
mo TIMES FOUR EQUALS EIGHT
Sound familiar? How many of you drilled these numbers into your brain through torturous rounds with flash cards? I wonder how many of us would admit that we still have to pause and think on some of these — like seven times nine, or eight times seven? That awkward uneasiness brings old memories, doesn't it? If only all the multiplication tables were easy, like the “two-times table,” or the “five-times table.” Sometimes the math is just plain baffling, and so is life.
Our scripture readings confront us with instances where God used his own divine multiplication tables — rare instances when God stepped outside of the normal rules to bring results that could only be ascribed to a heavenly calculator. In the Old Testament lesson, the prophet needed to feed a hundred men w ith only a few loaves of bread. And more important. God wanted to show them all that he would provide for their needs if they would only trust him. In the gospel lesson, Jesus faced an even more daunting situation. More than 5,000 people were seated before him as he taught, and again, only a few loaves of bread were available for the meal. Once again. God showed that it is just as easy for him to feed 5,000 as it is IOO with just a few loaves of bread. Once you break into the realm of the supernatural provision of God, the numbers do not mean that much anyway, do they? What is the lesson for us in these miracle stories from the scripture? God provides for our needs because he loves us.
In both stories, God answers the grumbling of hunger with an aw esome display of provision. Certainly the incredible multiplication of the bread caught the attention of the people present.
But to a hungry person, nothing matters until the hunger is satisfied. God know s and cares about the needs of his creation. He is the one w ho w ires us this way in the first place.
St. Augustine said in the 5th century that miracles have more to do w ith time than anything else. God is always multiplying bread and fish, Augustine wrote, but usually God does the multiplying over a longer amount of time. A single grain of w heat multiplies into a plant w ith enough grain to make a loaf of bread. A pairing fish can produce a hundred offspring at a time, providing for an entire school of fish to feed an army. But these multiplication efforts usually take several months to complete. God simply sped up the time sequence. But whatever the speed of multiplication. God has created a world that is capable of fantastic rates of multiplication. Why? Because God loves us.
Ask a group of children if theirMike REINEMANN
parents love them. When they say “yes,” ask them how they know their parents love them. What will you hear? “My mommy always ticks me into bed, tells me a story and brings me some milk.” “Daddy and my mommy work hard to give us a house and some toys.” “They cook my favorite macaroni.” “My dad throws the ball with me.” What are they saying? They feel loved because their parents provide for their needs. It is one of the strongest love languages. God is fluent in this love language. He provides for our needs. The miracle of the multiplication in today’s scripture stories should not obscure the basic truth that holds every day for us all: God provides for our needs every day. Trust him. Thank him.
There is a second lesson in the multiplication stories. God wants to feed more than our stomachs. God wants to feed our souls. Why did God use an unusual multiplication table in these stories? Perhaps because he wanted to w rite in bold print on those occasions that he wanted to satisfy their heart’s longing as well as their stomach's longing. Yes, God wanted to feed the hungry. How can we listen to anything or receive any insight when our basic needs are unmet? But after satisfying the physical hunger,
God may have provided this unusual multiplication in order to fill the hearts of those present. He certainly had their attention, didn't he? Wouldn’t you have listened after that?
And what is the heart lesson in these stories? That God is not limited by our limitations. That God wanted to show his endorsement of the ministries of the prophet and of Jesus this miracle made their audiences listen more carefully to the words of their teaching. And it is these words that will ultimately satisfy the deepest hunger of the human heart. So listen to the words and actions of Jesus. He bids you an invitation to the table of mystery and grace, a table where you will find your deepest hunger — to know God — can be satisfied.
In order to show that we are listening to the words and actions of Jesus, we could show that we care about others, feed the hungry, give shelter to the needy, console those in need, show understanding to prisoners, concentrate on uniting people, not dividing them and remembering those oppressed by injustice, all who are deprived of a place at the Lord’s table.
Come to the table of the Lord, and be satisfied. There is only a little bread and w ine here, but you will be amazed that it is enough to satisfy your deepest need. This table, the Lord’s table, is God’s greatest multiplication table.