39He also told them a parable: "Can a blind person guide a
blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? 40A disciple is
not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will
be like the teacher. 41Why do you see the speck in your
neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 42Or
how can you say to your neighbor, 'Friend, let me take out the
speck in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log in your
own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your
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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.