Once again we have journeyed through Jesus’ death and resurrection—only to be left watching Jesus leave. But surely our task is more than just reciting and remembering the events that have taken place.
The more I look at this text in chapter 15 and contemplate its placement in John’s Gospel, the more I come to believe that it is associated with the Lord’s Supper—and with the community gathered around Christ.
Several years ago, a neighbor of mine gave me a birdhouse. It was the perfect size and structure for bluebirds to build their nests inside. I put it on a wood post in the yard, which turned out to be a bad idea. Neighborhood cats dug their claws into the wood and climbed up to kill the newborn chicks. The nest became a grave.
Once, in a class I taught in a prison, the men talked about which officers would and wouldn’t shake their hands. I could imagine them saying the words of Jesus, “Touch me and see.” Discover that I am human like you.