I've always admired the prophets. Their job of truth-telling required such courage and personal sacrifice. Yet they never held back. They spoke the truth no matter the consequences. I imagine they were lonely, then. Who could stand their challenging company for very long? Personal relationships, however, weren't the prophets' priority. Their job was to tell God's truth in a way that would be heard.
Season after Pentecost | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; (Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78:23-29;) Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35
She woke me up at 2 a.m. I flipped on the light, grabbed my pen, and wrote furiously about Bathsheba.
Growing in prayer is not simply acquiring a set of special spiritual skills. It is growing into Christian humanity.
I used to read Ephesians 4 and get that vague, warm glow we Mennonites feel when we see the word peace. Now the passage stops me cold.