“Now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world…” (John 17: 11)
“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1: 8)
The Apostle Paul came to Athens by default. He hadn’t planned even to pass through the city. Athens was, after all, the intellectual capital of the ancient world—its UVA and Cal Tech and Oxford all rolled into one—not the most fertile territory for an itinerant rabbi preaching a new gospel. But after the Apostle’s life was threatened in northern Greece, friends smuggled him into the city.
John 14: 1 - 14
Forty years ago when I was first ordained, the Bishop appointed me as the Canterbury chaplain at Western Maryland College, a small liberal arts school in Westminster, Maryland. I was given the task of strengthening a campus ministry program which served from a Canterbury House. The house (not as stately looking as the St. Paul’s Canterbury House across the street) was a narrow, worn-down Victorian town-house where rooms had been furnished for meetings, study and worship. Few students used the place; the program seemed to be slipping away. Just ordained, I pondered what to do to breathe new life into this ministry.
In today’s reading from the Gospel according to John, Jesus begins with two figures of speech related to raising sheep. The first talks about a right way and a wrong way to enter a sheepfold. The shepherd goes in the right way—through the gate. Anyone who climbs in another way, says Jesus, is a thief and a bandit—up to no good. That’s a simple description, and it makes sense.
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