Once upon a time there was a fisherman who lived with his wife in a tiny hut by the sea. One day as the man was fishing, his line jerked violently, and when he pulled it in he found a huge fish which spoke to him, "Fisherman, I beg you to let me live, for I am a prince turned into a fish." The man said, "Why not? Any fish that can talk deserves to be thrown back." Thus, the man went home that evening with nothing for dinner. He told his wife the story and she berated him, "Why did you not make a wish before you let him go?" But he replied, "What would I ask for?
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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.