Matthew 28:16-20

Gathered and Scattered

I drove myself home, the day after college graduation, crying my eyes out to the soundtrack of Avenue Q. ... Driving home the day after graduation with tears streaming down my face, I listened to the characters Princeton and Kate Monster reminisce about their undergraduate years in the song, “I Wish I Could Go Back to College.” Princeton and Kate reminisce about meal plans, white boards on their dorm doors, and late nights writing papers. Finally, they acknowledge that if they could go back to college, it wouldn’t be the same: “I would walk the Quad, and think, ‘Oh my God, these kids are so much younger than me.” The truth for Kate and Princeton, and for me, and for the disciples in today’s Gospel reading, is that the end has been an inevitable part of the story from the moment it began.