Friday, June 08, 2007

Pentecost +2 Sunday – C4

Pentecost +2 Sunday – C4

Years C
Luke 7:11-17

The gate of complaint and resolution is an appropriate meeting place for this tale. A procession of daily death exits every city. A parade of compassion meets it.

Here in the place of judges and prophets we are called to decide whether or not we will be part of a procession or a parade. In coming to this decision we will make political as well as religious choices.

Practically, will we lay our hand on the casket of HIV/AIDS/TB and allocate resources to send people back to their families? Will we put our hand out to the bier carrying a child and going back for another who could be returned to their family if health care were universal rather than a privilege? Will we touch the flag-draped coffins of the war-injured and war-dead with spoken and acted resistance to government-sponsored violence?

Will it finally be said of our participation in a parade of life that "G*D in us has looked favorably on people and creation"?

= = = = = = =

compassion flows
like a gentle river
with the power of a flood
through a marching band in step
in random clown's feet

compassion flows
to counteract pain's presence
loss's agony
with a song for the heart
and a hope reborn

compassion flows
with an invitation
to risk joining
leaving expectations

compassion flows
toward emptiness
touching what is not there


  1. May I use this poem in my sermon (credited of course)? I'm not sure if I will yet, but it fits where I'm headed right now. It is lovely. Thank you.

  2. Carla -

    You are welcome to anything on this site, credited or not. I'm one who believes in the freedom and grace of words. They wander where they may. Unfortunately that is true for less compassionate ones as well.

    Preach well (with compassion)


  3. Carla -

    I forgot to mention I would appreciate a copy of your sermon, whether or not you use the poem.

    Blessings for this day, and our participation in it, that some past injuries might be healed and more not be begun.

    Wesley White


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