As a preface to my sermon on July 15, I asked the congregation what it takes to change a mouse into an elephant.
The answer I offered was to hide it in a closet for 14 years.
In 1998, four leaders at Penn State had a mouse in their sights. By trying to hide that mouse, they allowed it to become an elephant, which in the past two weeks has set down on all four of them, and the university, with unprecedented consequences.
Even the grave could not protect one of them.
Who deserves the most mercy? Is it the perpetrator, the keeper of the keys to the closet or the victims of this horrific crime.