Cathedral News, May 14, 2017


From the Canon’s Corner

Today, we are recognizing graduates during our services: those who are graduating from College, High School, and even distance learning programs, like our Education for Ministry program here at the Cathedral.  We recognize them in our larger community because these are moments of transition and during moments of transition we need all of the help we can get, life is changing in a way where it can never revert back to the comforting timing of the bells that signal movement from one class to the next or the ability to plan your college schedule so that you do not have to do anything before noon.  Transitions like this signify a change in the community of people with which we spend most of our time.  All of this is to say that I hope that we as a community of prayer are taking time to lift up our graduates by name in our daily prayer life.  I have had the pleasure of spending time with most of our graduates, especially those who are graduating from my EfM seminar and I wish all of our graduates the very best in their future endeavors.

I don’t think I could have picked better readings for a Sunday where we recognize graduates.  The disciples in this story are experiencing something akin to graduation, though they do not quite know it yet.  The Christ recognizes that the time has come to prepare his disciples for a life of ministry without his physical presence.  This transition finds them scared and desperate for any words from Jesus to dispel their inevitable and sharp feelings of doubt.  It is in this moment that we receive some of the most often quoted and perhaps misunderstood words of Jesus “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

What Jesus is saying here is that there is no reason for the disciples to doubt their ability to find their way to God.  They have followed Jesus, received his teaching (sometimes with difficulty), they have even broken bread with the Bread of Life.  In their desire to seek and serve Christ in all things, the Christ seems to say, there is little chance of them losing their way now.  This is also a challenge, however, to continue to live as though Jesus was with them, even though they have lost that physical intimacy of a life literally spent in his footsteps.

What a profound word of encouragement to our graduates! And indeed to all of us.  In this dark night of the soul for the disciples, Jesus encourages them to trust themselves and to trust him.  As our graduates (and the rest of us) move into the next phase of their life, I pray that they do so confident in the knowledge that they take the love of Christ, and of this community, with them wherever they go.

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

The Rev. Canon Michael Drinkwater+

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