Friday, February 27, 2009

Day 5 - Sisters

I spent the night at Viv's last night--our folks didn't get in until late in the evening and just wanted to go to bed when they got to the hotel.  This morning V and I headed over that way and went to today's three congress sessions with Momma.  The talks were really nice.  The first one was on St. Paul and his interpretation of the Old Testament, which was fun--I'd never heard any cohesive presentation on Paul's use of the Hebrew Scriptures. 

The second was on The Dark Knight (yes, the batman movie) and St. John of the Cross's dark night of the soul (very interesting--the priest that gave the talk was from Australia and he advocated using the media to teach goodness. I totally agree!).   

The third talk we went to today was on the Gospel of Mark and his Easter message--the best one of the day for us, I think.  For those of you who aren't Scripture geeks like I am, Mark's gospel is the one that (most people think)  ended with at 16:8 - "Then [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid."  The rest of chapter 16 was probably added later, once the message for Mark's community became more hopeful.  But the speaker said this gospel was all about being "on the way" (can you see why I liked it?).  Over and over again Jesus tells His disciples He must face the cross. And over and over again they don't understand (with the brief exception of Peter's confesion of faith).  We are called, as Christians, to live the questions we have on the way--with the Cross as our interpreter.  Do sit at the empty tomb, with the women who were afraid, and gather strength for the journey, for God is always with us. 


After classes were over we all headed to Red Lobster (or Lobstah as we would say in Boston) for dinner. I snapped a decent picture with Viv while we were waiting for our table. I love my sweet sister. It was good to hang out with her today!  

Day 5 - Sisters
Do you think we look like sisters? 

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