Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Pentecost +9 Sunday – C1

Pentecost +9 Sunday – C1

Years C
Hosea 1:2-10 or Genesis 18:20-32

How great is the outcry! How great the sin! The inhospitability! The injustice! How tempting to pull it all up, even if it take any elseway opportunity with it.

How important it is to remember Gomer, as well as Hosea, and their children who become more than their beginning! In so doing we hear G*D engaging G*D with an internal dialogue between discontent and promise.

We hear echoes of G*D's self-reflection through the vehicle of Abraham -- "Shall I go into Sodom and know her children as my own? Is pity and adoption my hallmark, or not? If one of my own goes astray, will I take out my loss on others?"

It is so tempting to have our fantasy -- you are not mine! -- cemented for all time. It is so blessed to have this same fantasy redeemed in real life.

= = = = = = =

it takes two to whore around
whether that be macro
with G*D and Sodom
or micro
any two Gomers and Hoseas

then we freeze-frame a moment
and name it abomination
not you
not mine
not any

forgetting a first word
is not a last word
yes, you
yes, me
yes, all

so look again
in your bag of tricks
for not only the old
familiar approbation
but a new beginning

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