Here is an excerpt from my sermon yesterday.
While it seems daunting, uncertainty for the church is nothing new. Routinely the church has had to face fear and uncertainty. Even with Jesus around the disciples found themselves fearful. Not only do Jesus’ disciples have to fear authorities, both political and religious, but at times it even seems like Jesus placed them in a position to be fearful. Today’s gospel reading has the disciples being forced into a boat to go across the sea. The NRSV says that Jesus “made the disciples” get into the boat. The word is incredibly forceful. Forced or compelled work perhaps better. Jesus feeds the multitude, then ships his disciples off and he goes away to pray.
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