In times like these, we need heaven.
Season after Pentecost | 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Ezekiel 2:1-5 (Psalm 123); 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 (Psalm 48)
As a young minister in my early 20s, I was often admonished by the senior ministers to keep a guarded distance from laypeople. To get too close, they would say, is to become too familiar with a resulting loss of one's ministerial authority. They thought authority was protected by distance and diminished by relationships.