Sunday, March 11, 2007

Fourth Sunday in Lent – A

Fourth Sunday in Lent – A

Years A
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41


Once you were in darkness - threatened by leader and community - then you came to understand "not wanting" and you proceeded as though it were light, as though there were no threat.

When we feel threatened we shut our eyes, physical and spiritual.

With our eyes closed we divide our experience from our theology. Saul is Saul is Saul and ever will be king (substitute the leader of your choice) so there is no sense in doing anything about it. Blind from birth is blind from birth is blind from birth (substitute the present personal limitation of your choice) and so there is no sense in practicing an alternative reality. Once darkness sets in, darkness is all there is.

These limitations and their overcoming are the stuff fairytales are made of. And there isn't much truer than fairytales.

= = = = = = =

sin, sin all around
and not a healing left
unfairness abounds
and blame is our motif

through the most unlikely one
the youngest the weakest
the ugliest the most foolish
the spit and the mud

sin becomes irrelevant
unfairness ceases to be a mantra
so what now that our understanding
of blame needs recalibrating

well well well
it is time for the depth
of experience-based belief
in muddy spit-based kinship

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