Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany - C1

Years C
Jeremiah 1:4-10

It is not unusual for scripture to be written backward. A wonder is experienced. Wonder about wonder goes on and on. A meaning is settled upon. Reports go forth. It is repeated and finally written. By the time the writing is done it has gone through much refinement and interpretation.

Just as the birth stories of Jesus were probably the last part of the gospels to be written, this understanding of Jeremiah's birth probably came much later in response to the difficulties he faced. It would give much needed support in his trying times to come to understand that his current consequence is a natural outgrowth of having been a prophet from before a life-confirming breath.

What story do you rely on to get you through your consequences? Does it go back to creation? to conception? to an event? to yesterday?

The better you know your foundational story, the bolder you can be in making a difference in the usual mind-set of your cultural setting.

= = = = = = =

today a second adopted grandson
comes to his new home
before adoption
he was known
before being known
he was

thanks be for
grand kids with grandkids
may they have words in their mouths
for the joy of life

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