John writes that Jesus is coming on the clouds and every eye will see him. In April 2005,
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope by 117 cardinal electors. During the process
of voting, the cardinals wrote their choice for pope on a slip of paper which they laid on
the altar. Then the ballots were counted. When a vote failed to elect a pope, the ballots
were mixed with chemicals and burned, which produced puffs of black smoke. When the
vote finally elected Ratzinger, the ballots were burned without chemicals resulting in
puffs of white smoke.
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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.