Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Second Sunday in Lent – C2

Second Sunday in Lent – C2

Years C
Psalm 27

"Waiting for the Lord" can be a passive waiting for something to happen or a spring-loaded readiness to act at a kairos moment ripe for intervention. A key question is, "What is meant by 'living in the house of the Lord'?"

Is this a readiness and willingness to praise and sacrifice? Is this a readiness and willingness to prophecy justice? If it is a bothness, which takes precedence when both are present - we suggest prophecy trumps praise (reference John Wesley's sermon "On Zeal").

Here we see waiting as an active state. Living in the house of the Lord is to live in the image of the Lord - a creator and a co-creator and a re-creator - a lover, if you will. This progression is where we find risk, partnership, and mercy - three important qualities that define the beauty of the Lord, of creation, of ourselves.

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my light
shining down the future's broadening way
pointing to fulcrum spots today
where the past might be moved
from fate to fortune

my salvation
putting a hand out
taking a hand in hand
joining lives
revealing goodness

my strength
stable
resilience
fearless
confidence

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