Meet Rick and Ted (The Sheep)

Each week, Rick and Ted (Rick's the one with the dark nose and the cup of coffee) talk
after church. Rick is Ted's mentor. Their conversation is usually inspired by the day's
Gospel reading from the Common Lectionary. The comic strip always makes a point
and usually gets a laugh. In doing so, the comic strip brings another means of contact
with the Gospel for the day. Often that which makes us laugh, makes us remember.
gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus
came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the
point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”

So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman
who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many
physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had
heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but
touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body
that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus
turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see
the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who
had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down
before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in
peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead.
Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the
synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John,
the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a
commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you
make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he
put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in
where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get
up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they
were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to
give her something to eat.
congregation in Gary, Indiana, where he lives with his wife Tracey, three cats
and a dog (but no sheep). Look for new editions of "Agnus Day" each week.