October 18, 2007

Lambs amidst Wolves

Happy St. Luke's Day!

Last night at Evening Prayer we read the Gospel for today, St. Luke 10.1-9, where our Lord says to the seventy-two, "Behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves." I had always taken that as a kind of prophecy of the suffering the preachers of the Gospel would endure. Reading this bit by Ephrem the Syrian made me see it in a new light - as a promise for protection: "[Christ said,] 'Behold, I am sending you forth like lambs among the wolves,' to show that as long as the Shepherd was with them they would not be harmed." Comforting.

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