Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Proper 21, Year C
I Timothy 6:6-19
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A Homily for Year C, Ordinary 21
Isaiah 58:9-14 * Hebrews 12:18-29 * Luke 13:10-17
The simple phrase, “shaken, not stirred,” has been immortalized in the James Bond franchise and mentioned in almost every film which stars the unconquerable Agent 007 over the past six decades. They refer to his drink of a choice, a martini, which is always shaken and not stirred. Unless you factor in the recent portrayal of 007 by Daniel Craig who foolishly responds to the question of "shaken or stirred" with the words, "Do I look like I give a damn?" Well, he should, most of us would echo, but there isn't much we can do.
Ironically this catch phrase actually led to a scientific study in which some amazing discoveries were made. Biochemists of the University of Western Ontario* discovered that shaking, as opposed to stirring, makes a significant difference in the chemical properties of the favored alcoholic beverage. A shaken martini was found to have more antioxidants than a stirred martini as the shaking movement eradicates a higher percentage of the hydrogen peroxide. Who knew? It turns out Hollywood really can be beneficial to our health and well-being. We all need antioxidants!
Interestingly, it turns out that God likes his people shaken, not stirred, as we heard today in our readings. All three passages call us to a higher state of being, a more inclusive approach to our faith and the realization that being comfortable is simply not an option for people of faith. We have heard the words of the prophet Isaiah, the unknown composer of Hebrews and Jesus himself commanding us to a higher perception of what God's kingdom truly is and how it should function. Stirring is gentle, it causes a mild change, a little mixing, but often one can still find separate properties afterwards...a shaking however makes something new and it can often seem violent and uncomfortable.