He Qi: Elijah is taken up to Heaven (at Vanderbilt Digital Library)
Elijah ascends in a whirlwind, while Elisha, hoping to inherit a double measure of his mentor's spirit, watches...and picks up the mantle. I am thinking much this week of how we pick up the mantle of those who have gone before, and also make it our own, reframing it and making it new for the world in which we live.
In the epistle, Paul reminds us of the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit: "And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." This may sound easier than it is!
And the Gospel has the hard, hard teaching about two people who offer to follow Jesus, but who really can't leave just yet...one needs to bury a dead father, the other needs to go home and say goodbye. Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
What direction will you take? We look forward to reading and praying with you over your study this week, and the sermons as they are birthed. Please share in the comments. I have coffee on!