Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sixth Sunday of Easter – A

Sixth Sunday of Easter – A

Years A
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

"Now, who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?" (1 Peter 3:13)

It's probably that old unknown God Paul stumbled upon and defined in one way. Unfortunately, unknowns are multivalent. They can roughly slouch in many directions, not just Bethlehem or Empty Tombs (to mention one set of parentheses).

It may even be that Advocate of a Spirit of truth, not receivable by the world.

In these instances we find harm set in opposition to good, very Greek. Our Hebrew Psalter brings another perspective that harm is not from something other than "our" God, but is directly related to G*D. We are tested and tried, burdened, trampled, overcome, and, yet, brought to a spacious place beyond such duality. [Yes, there is a duality here of ourself and G*D that needs to be furthered looked at on another day.]

How do you understand your own state of being these days? Particularly if you are finding it confused or adversarial?

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praying without iniquity
a heartfelt desire
trips me up every time
for steadfast love continues
too rooted for one
with a head full of clouds

making up offering after offering
I plot an acceptable sacrifice
of property or guilt
attributing it to this god or that
searching for someone to receive
that which I don't understand

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