Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Gospel of [gasp] Oprah!

Last week's Sunday readings gave us the theme of forgiveness.  This week, we bounce off of that and tackle the question of generosity.  MT 20:15 is such a great line:
"Are you envious because I am generous?"
To see this Gospel lived out, I present to you a clip from this past season of the Oprah Winfrey Show.  I first saw this watching a great show Oprah did about the "behind the scenes" stuff of what went into producing the episodes of her show's 25th (and final) season.

Everyone knows about Oprah's "Favorite Things" episodes, where an unsuspecting audience hits the jackpot and gets to take home all sorts of things that Oprah had deemed her "favorites".  This year, to do things bigger in her last season, she decided to do not one, but two "Favorite Thing" episodes.  The first episode went as normal, with an audience getting their gifts on the way out of the taping.  This time, though, the producers did a cruel thing: they routed the departing audience past the crowd waiting to be the audience for the next taping.  Of course, the departing crowd carrying bags of stuff with smiles frozen on their faces told the story of what had happened in that previous taping.  No longer happy simply with being able to be part of an Oprah taping, the resentment brewed within them, resentment that they missed that taping and resentment at Oprah's famed generosity.  The link below takes you to where Oprah (knowing exactly what was about to happen) leads them on in letting out their anger.  You can almost hear her the landowner's question, "Are you envious because I am generous?"

Click HERE.

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