Friday, October 18, 2013

On the Road

From The Living Church-

I travel around the church a good bit — looking in on parishes, dioceses, seminaries, and other schools in order to meet leaders, hear stories, make and renew friendships, find writers, seek support for the work of the Living Church Foundation, and otherwise push along various projects. Along this pilgrim way I delight in the bounty of fellowship, common prayer, and mutual encouragement that characterizes the body of Christ, notwithstanding its imperfections.

The Church is Spirit-inhabited, a living organism. And it lives in no small part — in fact, primarily — from its missionary head and members, who blossom like branches from the vine that the Lord God brought out of Egypt, reaching round the whole world (see Ps. 80). The Latin viator for the Christian pilgrim — literally, the one who travels along the road (via) — gets at the movement that faithful obedience requires after the example of the Son, himself sent on mission before returning to the Father. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21). “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

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