Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany – C2

Years C
Psalm 1

Much of scripture is the positing of positions - "this" is the place one should end up. "Hooray", if you do. "Boo", if you don't.

What is not so clear is how to navigate the lives-we-really-live in relation to a particular endpoint. Journeys and destinations are not all that easily connected. It may not be all that helpful to turn this dynamic into static consequences of heaven or hell.

This comes down to saying that those who do well, do well and those who do not do well, do not do well. Fortunately there are still another 149 Psalms to go from this beginning point. I suppose that starting with the word "Happy" may have a slight edge over "It was a dark and stormy night". However the Psalm seems to run backward. Happiness here is a celebration of having avoided perishing wickedly. A dark and stormy night may yet have something to commend it - there is an adventure ahead.

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a tree by water
lives forward
season by season

chaff in the wind
is left behind
seasonless

if a choice were needed
polls show trees
well ahead

hulls have protected
tender seeds
and been jettisoned

their servant's role
finished
they're blown away

having come to serve
we thank the chaff
and are happy

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