When considering what I donâ€™t miss about life in the church, visiting hovers near the top of the list. Visiting also has a spot in the top 5 of what I do miss.
Hmmm? Call me Contradictory Larry?
Tucked within the monolog-like words of Jesus to his disciples (John 15, the Gospel lesson for the upcoming sixth Sunday of Easter), the Nazarene said of his disciples, â€œyou are my friends.â€ He continued with, â€œI appointed you to go and bear fruit . . .â€
Whether planned or spontaneous, in a hospital before major surgery or at the kitchen table offering a chance to work with youth (such a deal!), visiting could nurture a sharing of faithful fruit. Continue reading →
John 15:9-17 – The 6th Sunday of Easter â€“ for Sunday, May 10, 2015
â€œThis is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.â€ (John 15:12)
There it was. Again.
That verse . . . This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. Itâ€™s from John 15. Another variation of Jesusâ€™ statement was madeâ€”in the same room, with the same disciples, in the same time frameâ€”back in Johnâ€™s chapter 13.
Regardless of where itâ€™s found or repeated, Iâ€™m afraid of that simple, thirteen-words-in-English sentence.
Since seminary, and perhaps before, Iâ€™ve known the Greeks had at least four distinctive words for love . . . eros, philia, storge, and agape. Eros, the love that ranges from the lustful to the romantic. Philia is treating friends like a favorite brother or sister. Storge is linked to the life-long affection and connection within families. Then thereâ€™s the final understanding of love, which is the one I fear, which is the one Jesus frequently used. Continue reading →