Sunday, February 25, 2007

Second Sunday in Lent – A

Second Sunday in Lent – A

Years A
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Can one be born again? It happens all the time.

Abram, Sarai, Lot, and more are born again through immigration. This is not an issue of legal or illegal. It is a call from G*D, a necessity. Abram ran a risk greater than deportation. He felt in danger of his life and felt this strongly enough to risk his relationship with Sarai.

Elijah was born again while hiding in a cave.

Moses found a birth canal through a burning bush.

The Psalmist found new birth with a song of trust and confidence.

Peter is reborn through questions of his love.

Saul is reborn Paul on his way to Damascus.

To think these folks had only the one rebirth is too limiting. I've had several, myself. What about you? Can you count the birth canals?

Even folks we have a most difficult time have had a new birth to get as far along as they have and we pray for more births for them. If we parallel this to forgiveness, as we pray for their rebirth, we pray for our own.

= = = = = = =

1 + 1 > 2
my current life plus
plus my rebirthed life
is more than the two
I now also have
an anticipation
of yet another 1
even if I reach
70 * 7
there is more
for there is no end
of toil
of bookmaking
of steadfast love
of rebirthing forgiveness

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