Miracle narratives from the Revised Common Lectionary with a fresh look at the other side of the story
A hole-patched Capernaum roof reminded many who saw one paralyzed with guilt and near bitterness of life, whom friends willingly transported on invalid's stretcher. We, too, must give up fault-finding and celebrate healing.
Late that evening, by a Capernaum neon light, no doubt, Peter and his brother, Andrew, had some roof patching to do on their mother-in-law's house. There may have had to be other repairs also, from that crowd jamming the inside and outside to get a look at and hear this new wonder worker of Galilee.
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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.