May 28, 2017

No Hands but Our Hands

Fear of abandonment is also called, separation anxiety, and it is the context of a passage of scripture that is paired today with the story of Jesus’s ascension. The occasion is the last evening of Jesus’s life.   Jesus and his disciples are at table, at what would be their Last Supper. It is time for summing up. The occasion is pregnant with significance. in a long prayer, Jesus asks God to protect his friends, to keep them together, to give them joy, and to send them into the world in his name. The line he says that touches readers the deepest is this, “I will not leave you orphaned.”