I am the Gate

first_img Share 40 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet By: Father Henry Charles Ph. dPhoto credit: fatherchecksblog.blogspot.comSt. John has seven distinctive “I AM” statements in his gospel – I am the Bread of Life, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, I am the Resurrection and the Life, I am the Light of the World, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Vine, and (in today’s reading) I am the Gate.Each of these sayings symbolically represents (in kaleidoscope fashion) not just what Jesus does but who and what he is. They do not simply stand for or point to their meaning – they ARE their meaning. So, for example, Light of the World does not mean that light gives us some idea of how Jesus functions or how he enlightens. It means that Jesus is HIMSELF light; it is who tells us what light is.; he is what we see by.This takes us the saying in today’s Gospel: I am the Gate of the Sheepfold. The sheepfold was a holding pen for the sheep at nightfall. The shepherd would lead them down from pasturing in the hills to this place of safety. The pens had walls of large stones, with briars and prickly branches on top, much like our barbed wire today, to keep out wolves and other predators. The gate to the sheepfold was the single opening to the pen, the point of access and regress, where the sheep went out (to feed) and in (to safety). It was a small entry, about two feet wide – and this is perhaps the most relevant detail, it was where the shepherd himself slept. In other words, he himself was the gate, with his rod or staff in his hands, to ward off attacks on the sheep.The shepherd was thus literally the gate, representing for the sheep safety, security, and freedom. His presence was their guarantee. In ascribing the symbol relationally to ourselves, Jesus means us to see that he does not simply provide for us protection against harm and danger, ensuring our freedom to come and go, that is, to live expansively and freely, but that HE is our protection and our freedom. Just as ‘I am the bread of life’ does not mean ‘I provide access to life’s nourishment,’ but ‘it is I who constitutes nourishment in life.’St. Paul has his own way of describing this relation between Jesus and ourselves, where we appropriate not simply what he does, but who he is. He uses the preposition IN. Thus, “anyone who is IN Christ is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).” The expression occurs over and over again in the letters. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that for St. Paul, being “in Christ” wholly summarizes both the journey and the goal of Christian life.Being “in Christ” involves a spatial metaphor, and we have to translate it, laying out its existential significance, clarifying what it means to be IN someone, and thus to be IN Christ.I think the closest analogy we have of being in someone, of personal indwelling, is our experience of love. Sexual love most obviously illustrates this, and the mystics have often described the indwelling of God with images that draw upon sexual experience. This does not mean that indwelling where sexual analogy is absent is a poor substitute. Quite the contrary. It is the more prevalent, indeed perhaps the more normative mode.Parents dwell in their children through love; so differently do spouses, lovers, and friends. Disciples are meant to dwell in Jesus in a similar way.“Dwelling in” refers to a form of intimate presence to the other, where speech is unnecessary, where there is a wordless exchange of being for the other, not just a willingness to “do” for the other. The Gospel has other ways of referring to this. Jesus spoke for instance of “abiding in” him or “making our home” in him. The metaphors all refer to the same thing. It means that he should be not just an object of belief but one with whom we live on intimate terms, who knows our “voice,” just as we know his.It’s not a long way from “I am” to be “being in.” Both ways of speaking refer to what incorporation involves, how we make our own the value of Jesus for all dimensions of our lives.  What he becomes for us in any area of life, depends on the depth of our personal indwelling.center_img Share FaithLifestyle I am the Gate by: – May 16, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Peyton Manning passes on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football,’ SN sources say

first_imgThe mating dance has ended. Peyton Manning will not join ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth this season, sources tell Sporting News.ESPN held out hope that Manning would fill the hole left by Jason Witten’s return to the Cowboys. But barring a miracle, sources said, Manning will not be in the booth when “Monday Night Football” kicks off its historic 50th season, with a Texans-Saints/Broncos-Raiders doubleheader on Sept. 9. Granted, McFarland, Riddick and Ryan don’t have the star power of Manning. But ESPN has always been adept at growing lesser-known announcing talents — think Kirk Herbstreit, Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas.With ESPN looking to slow the growth of talent salaries, the network could keep its powder dry, wait for Tony Romo to play out his contract at CBS Sports, then throw $10 million a year at the ex-Cowboys quarterback. If Romo stays at CBS, ESPN could hire a TV pro like Kurt Warner of NFL Network, or a more recent player like Greg Olsen of the Panthers or ex-Browns tackle Joe Thomas. Either way, it looks like the only place we’ll see Manning’s famous mug this season is during the commercial breaks on “Monday Night Football.” FROM MONOPOLY TO MONOTONYInside ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ mid-life crisisDuring their last round of talks, Manning passed on joining Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters in the “Monday Night Football” booth. Instead, the two-time Super Bowl champion opted to host ESPN’s new five-part, 30-episode series, “Peyton’s Places,” debuting on ESPN+ in July.The 43-year-old’s decision to say no to “Monday Night Football” ends years of back and forth between Manning, who retired from the NFL in 2016, and ESPN management led, by president Jimmy Pitaro.Manning previously turned down the “Worldwide Leader” after Jon Gruden left “Monday Night Football” to return to the Raiders in 2018. Then, when Witten suddenly left “Monday Night Football” after only one season in the booth, ESPN took another swing at Manning knowing he’d probably have little interest.Pitaro and content czar Connor Schell flew to Denver to personally meet with Manning on March 11, according to Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter. Sensing Manning’s ambivalence, ESPN never made a formal contract offer for “Monday Night Football,” sources said.Instead, ESPN was happy to sign Manning for his second ESPN+ show after he previously broke down NFL game film for Kobe Bryant’s “Detail.” MORE: Can Nate Burleson become TV’s next crossover star?”He won’t be doing ‘Monday Night,’ but ESPN will still be in the Peyton Manning business in a “very big way,” said one source.ESPN declined to comment. Manning’s reps also declined comment.The end of the Manning chase could ultimately turn out to be beneficial for ESPN. The five-time MVP was always more of a pipe dream than a real possibility. After earning $248 million during his 18-year career with the Colts and Broncos, according to Spotrac, Manning doesn’t need the money. He’s more likely to end up in an owner’s suite than a broadcast booth.So what’s holding Manning back? He envisions himself as more of an NFL owner or front-office leader a la John Elway of the Broncos, sources said. Agreeing to “Monday Night Football” would also lock him into a more grueling travel schedule than shooting “Peyton’s Places” on his own time.MANNING NIGHT FOOTBALL: How ESPN can bring back its ‘MNF’ magicIn addition to the travel demands, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post previously wrote Manning is reluctant to call games featuring Eli Manning, his younger brother and the current Giants starting quarterback. It’s too bad because Manning’s analysis on “Detail” showed just how good of a TV analyst he can be if he puts his mind to it.With the Manning door closed (for now), the network can finally move on. Who knows? “Monday Night Football” might be the better for it.After being exiled to the inane “Booger Mobile” last season, McFarland could grow into the job. ESPN brass is high on McFarland’s likeability, smarts and TV instincts. It was a good sign for McFarland when ESPN decided to give him a prominent role in its coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft. That makes him the heir apparent to Witten.Or, if ESPN is not thrilled with McFarland, it could install respected front-office insider Louis Riddick in the “Monday Night Football” color commentator chair. And don’t forget former Jets coach Rex Ryan, who vastly improved in his second season on the air.MORE: Why Romo and Nantz were destined to work togetherlast_img read more