The sacrament of holy communion was being celebrated. The family of God was kneeling at the altar railing as the elements were being distributed. “This is my body broken for you. This is my blood shed for you.” We hear these words so often that we may not really even think about them. Suddenly a little boy at the altar rail exclaims, “Oh, yuck,” in a voice loud enough for the entire church to hear. Two thousand years ago the Jewish people were probably thinking the very same thing. After all, they believed that any contact with blood made them unclean. Blood was spilled in battle.
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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.