"Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?" This question troubles many
people. Why would the host invite people from beggarly quarters and then get angry
because someone wore the wrong clothes? Street people can't afford tuxedos. They get
their clothes from the Goodwill or garbage cans. It seems unfair.
Why would Jesus approve how this host acted? Lost in the story is the custom of the day.
It was impossible for many travelers to carry changes of clothes and to have them fresh
when they arrived. Hosts often provided robes for their wedding guests. As travelers
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.