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Obscure Witnesses

“Amen, Father, on your planning. Amen, for you’ll see us through. Amen when the cross weighs heavy. Amen everything you do.” from Stanley Wiersma, Last Visit in Three Voices May 3: the Feast of Philip and James, the latter known as “the Lesser,” to distinguish him from James, brother of John and one of the “inner circle” of Jesus’ twelve. Both this James, and Philip, can be counted among the “lesser” apostles insofar as they are presumed to be included in references to the Twelve, but rarely are mentioned by name. But think about what they witnessed, what they heard, what they came to believe – and how all that changed their lives. As is true of most of the early followers of Jesus, we k