Not many take Jesus' words to hate father and mother literally. Even turning one's back
on parents for the sake of the gospel is not very common. But one famous example is
Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis, born in 1182 AD, was born into wealth, his father being
a wealthy cloth merchant. Early in life, Francis enjoyed the life that riches brought: He
dressed well and partied hard.
When Francis was about twenty, he joined in the battle between Assisi and Perugia. He
was captured and spent a year in prison, where he suffered from a low fever. In prison,
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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.