Fourth Sunday after Epiphany - C1
Once upon a time I thought it would be more truthful to shift my language away from that of the predominant patriarchy - male language standing for all people.
It was an interesting birthing process that took a fair amount of time.
It began with the conception of the idea. Just even thinking about it took awhile.
In fact it began before conception with the witness of faithful folk.
My first attempts were not very hopeful. I would hear myself sliding back into the old language pattern, time after time. It seemed my best intention had no effect. If Homer Simpson had been around at the time I would have echoed his, "Doh!"
Little by little the time between hearing my slip and the slip itself was reduced. Image the word "his" being recognized closer and closer to my lips.
Then came that awkward moment that lasted, again, all too long, when my mouth wrestled with a caught word. It would still get out but not without a struggle that may have sounded like a stutter.
Eventually the word didn't make it to the mouth and the process continued to before the thought.
What other words and concepts do we need to work at leaving behind, beginning with understanding their desirability before their presence?
PS - actually there are still slips in moments of stress - old tapes don't die they just bide their time.
PPS - We know what needs to be changed, now we just need to begin the formation of a change process in the wombs of our lives.