Sunday, May 20, 2012
Acts 1:15–17, 21–26; 1 John 5:9–13; John 17:6–19
The texts for this week are challenging. The Gospel reading, an excerpt from Jesus’ high priestly prayer, is difficult to read aloud. It feels awkward to eavesdrop on Jesus’ intimate moments with God, and one can get lost in the anguish of a savior about to die. The author of 1 John sounds cranky, like an ostentatiously religious aunt who cannot resist making a comment to the family atheist during supper: “Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar . . . yes, thanks, I’ll have another piece of pie.”
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