Thursday, June 14, 2007

Pentecost +3 Sunday – C3

Pentecost +3 Sunday – C3

Years C
Galatians 2:15-21

It seems to be possible to be greedy for justification in the same way we can be greedy for a fruit of the spirit. So we can always have it on our mind. We pray for it and search it out and work to have it evidenced in our life. We will even gather others around us to call our desire to us.

Yet the arrival of justification cuts our desire from underneath. What was our big deal all about anyway, Alfie?

Wherever a vision of a larger perspective comes from (“law”, Christ, ginseng extract, or Princess Bride “true love”) it leads to other larger perspectives. It is this interconnectedness, not our birth order or perceived status, not what someone else does for us, that orients, makes sense of, or justifies our work at this moment. All the authority needed to proceed is present. Grace, in whatever form, now leads us beyond our initial greed.

= = = = = = =

faith-based living
leads to new laws
justifying in small ways
our faith circling
back on itself

grace-based living
leads to new lands
exploring alternatives
beyond established boundaries
into what’s next

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