Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Third Sunday of Advent - C1

Year C
Zephaniah 3:14-20

Once and future kings are intriguing mythical creatures.

15b - The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.

16 - On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear. O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.

What day is "that day" if it is not "that day" already?

You shall fear disaster no more! or it shall be "said", do not fear. These suggest two different experiences of renewal or resurrection from fear unless we are back to a new creation being "said" into existence. Either way there is an external pull or push which leads us to a different response than our usual one of knee-jerk fear, of fight or flight. That would make us different creatures.

This passage is very G*D active. Can you imagine being exulted over with loud singing? I must admit that brings images of being conquered or a coercive courting. If G*D the cost of having disaster removed from us would be our free-will, how many would take it? (Look at that in terms of the popularity and power of "security" measures.)

Learning a "no fear" response to disaster is one thing and to have disasters removed from our response-ability is quite another.

If it is all the same, I'll focus on G*D being in our midst rather than our being in G*D's midst. This sense of journeying together through high times and low is more attractive than being protected beyond my participation.

= = = = = = =

sing, sing sing
sing imprisoned ones
prisons become museums

sing o release me
sing my darling warrior
destroy another world

sing we are a pair
sing sender of clowns
already you're here

sing over rainbows
sing dreamers of home
lift your hands

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