In our Gospel reading this morning, Jesus speaks of himself in a way that makes us uncomfortable. Jesus the sword, dividing families, is not our favorite image, and it’s one we rarely speak of. Jesus who demands we take up our cross and demands we lose our lives for his sake, is a difficult Jesus.
To those of you who today will graduate from the University of Virginia—congratulations! Your past four years have been full to brimming with examinations, testing, truth, knowledge, some successes and some failures.
Several weeks ago, at the passing of the Peace, we experimented by extending the time. People were asked to introduce themselves to someone they did not know or didn’t know well. From up here it was quite a sight to behold: the moving about and the noise level created what seemed like a crowded public space, perhaps an indoor market-place, maybe even the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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