Some unfinished business in FBV 12, we need voters to break the tie between the top two. Or push Ephesians into the round of 27. I’ll count votes until about 6pm US Eastern Time this evening. Or whenever I get home tonight.
As for today’s voting, consider a “minor” prophet who found in his marriage to an unfaithful woman a metaphor for God’s troubled covenant with a troubled people. And in these pained relationships, expressions emerge of great tenderness and intimacy between God and those who believe:
Come, let us return to the Lord, For it is he who has rent, but he will heal us; he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds.
An apostle urges a young Church to imitate Christ:
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus.
And the third of four Last Supper messages from the Lord, according to Saint John:
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.