No Quarrel

I give you a new commandment: Love one another; just as I have loved you

John 13:34
Acts 14:21-27; Psalms 145:8-13; Revelations 21:1-5; John 13:31-35

Sermon Week/Year

Fifth Sunday of Easter, C

Veteran comics know that they can always get a laugh by dipping into their storehouse of husband-and-wife jokes — lover’s quarrels. For example …

“My wife and I had a fight last night.”

“How did it end up?”

“She came crawling to me on her hands and knees.”

“What did she say?”

“Come out from under that bed, you coward!”

A lover’s quarrel, it has been said, “is like a storm at sea; all the fury is on the surface, but underneath there is a deep current of love.”1

Engraved on the tombstone of poet Robert Frost are the words: “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.” Frost himself chose that epitaph.…

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