by MaryAnn McKibben Dana
Gospel Reading: John 14:23-29
For Sunday, May 5, 2013—Easter 6
I’m reading the seventh Harry Potter book to my daughters these days.
While I love J.K. Rowling’s expansive imagination and loving attention to detail, the book could’ve been 200 pages shorter. But given how much bookshelf real estate the latter books take up, it’s clear that Rowling got so big as an author that no editor could tame her. No editor was willing to stand up to her and say, “No, Jo—you don’t need to show us Xenophilius Lovegood’s castle-shaped house in quite such exquisite detail.”
I feel that way about Jesus in his Farewell Discourse.
“I am going away.” We know.
“I will be sending the Advocate.” I believe you said that five minutes ago.
“I am with you just a little longer.” Well, the marathon sermon makes it seem like an eternity. [Read more...]