Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Pentecost +7 Sunday – C1

Pentecost +7 Sunday – C1

Years C
Amos 7:7-17 or Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Questions of authority abound. They are the currency of power - held and desired. Those who can most successfully question another's authority are able to claim authority. We contend over our questions.

Is authority a conveyance that moves from captured or established authority to whomever will keep it in place? Is authority an integrated whole rising from within to bless and challenge current authority.

Obviously, this curious word authority plays on several levels. Going back through its usage, it began by meaning to increase and thus to create (to author).

In today's world, authority might be thought of as that which decreases and thus controls. As you think about your life - what authority do you bring - an inner authority to increase or an outer authority to decrease? The difference is crucial and the choice that we make regarding our authority is one of one's meaning.

So, take thou authority...

= = = = = = =

a commandment
that is not a commandment
is not too far away
too high or too wide

this commandment
is not a commandment
for it touches our depths
becomes our own

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