"Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. The Pharisees
and the scribes were grumbling and saying, 'This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with
them.' " We human beings love to sort, catalog, and categorize things. Some collect and
classify coins, others rocks, and some old ballpoint pens. Observable, measurable
characteristics of these objects help us group them.
We label people, too. Some folks use skin color, ancestry, apparel, bone structure, and
perceived intelligence to determine the worth or acceptability of others. That's why the
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
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.