Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pentecost +10 Sunday – A

Pentecost +10 Sunday – A

Years A
Genesis 32:22-31 or Isaiah 55:1-5
Psalm 17:1-7, 15 or Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21


Jacob wrestles with an angel; disciples wrestle with a crowd. In both instances they learn something very important.

For Wrestling Jacob (in the Wesleyan Tradition) G*D is identified as Love. The disciples learn their perceived limits are not so - an ordered method allows folks to sit together and look at one blessing and see within it an abundance not previously glimpsed.

In the midst of everyone looking every which way (searching for their own best advantage), two loaves (loves) and five fish seem mighty puny. When, together we look (and see them identified as a blessing) - things change.

= = = = = = =

when we awake
we shall see righteousness
and be satisfied

when will that be
that steadfast love
will be recognized

how do we help one another
perceive grace and mercy
as ever present

so often there is such need
hungers are so high
we can't spare the time

we anticipate a zero-sum game
driven by competition
and miss compassion's presence

attend to our night cry
wrestle with us
til day breaks

love dawns
blessing abounds
we go on together

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