|Jesus with John, the Beloved Disciple|
This morning I draw the two of cups, a card that signals companionship.
In the first book of the Bible, in the second chapter, God decreed, "It is not good for man to be alone."
Ecclesiastes reiterates this theme.
"Again I found this vanity under the sun: a solitary man with no companion; with neither son nor brother. Yet there is no end to all his toil, and riches do not satisfy his greed.
'For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good things?' This also is vanity and a worthless task.
Two are better than one: they get a good wage for their labor. If the one falls, the other will lift up his companion.
Woe to the solitary man! For if he should fall, he has no one to lift him up. So also, if two sleep together, they keep each other warm. How can one alone keep warm? Where a lone man may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken."
Certainly Jesus had lots of friends. John was the disciple Jesus loved. Peter was his rock. Mary Magdalene was his most loyal friend and the one who underwrote his ministry.
And yet God damns some of us to lives lived alone.
I don't know why.