Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Psalm 103:1-2,11-12,19-20; I John 4:11-16; John 17:11-19
According to the familiar legend of the “Emperor’s Clothes,” three evil men seek to exploit their ruler by offering to create a magnificent robe for him for a very high price. The Emperor goes along with the proposition, and the three men pretend to be sewing up the great garment. Then they announce that the garment is finished and proceed to go through the motions of putting the phantom robe on the Monarch.
“Surely you can see what fine clothing this is,” one of them says. “Only a fool could not see it so!” The mesmerized ruler is convinced that this is indeed the finest robe in the Empire. Soon, all the people in the kingdom are convinced that he is wearing the most beautiful robe ever made and that only a fool would not agree. Finally, the Emperor goes out among his people in a grand procession. Although he is completely naked, the people cheer, and they marvel at the beauty of the non-existent…