I have a miniature Swiss cowbell tied to the handle-bars of my bicycle. It tingles softly as I peddle along. I never surprise pedestrians. Several weeks ago I had a real “Missoula experience.” I was heading down to the river-trail and two women were in front of me. They heard my bell and stepped aside. In passing I greeted them and the younger woman said: “yours is my favorite bell in Missoula. I love it!!” Apparently she has heard me coming on previous occasions.
A close reading of the written gospels makes it clear there were many men and women in Israel who listened to Jesus, and placed their hopes in him. They supported and sympathized with him. They were not among the disciples in the strict sense, but more like “resident adherents.”
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