May 12, 2019

The Knock on the Door
3rd Sunday after Easter, 
Year C
Becky Robbins-Penniman


What notions come into our minds when I say that word? Mostly, it’s about giving up things we like or our comfortable with, like french fries or doing things we’d rather not do, like exercising. The word “disciple” has a slightly different connotation. It’s about someone who is devoted to someone or something and follows them, does what their leader teaches. Disciples of Jesus learn about the Reign of God. Disciples of Dirt learn about mountain biking in Oregon. Whether we realize it or not, we’re all disciples of someone or something.

For most Americans, our disciplines are centered mostly around . . . ourselves: What we like, who we like, what we approve of, and what we don’t like and don’t approve of. How did we develop those likes and dislikes? We were taught them. We are taught some things formally, in something like school or church. But the vast majority of what we learn we simply absorb from what we are exposed to, day in and day out in our families, our cultures, our entertainment, our routine existence.

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