Pentecost +18 Sunday – C1
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 or Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Jeremiah, who prophesized [recognized - paid attention to - the natural consequence of present behavior] exile, was, himself, put into personal exile before the people found a foreign exile. And yet he claimed a part of their community of the future and even invested in it.
It is important to note here that spoken approbation of some aspect of our current reality is not the only thing that is needed. We also need to act out, in as dramatic a form as we can, our participation in what we see as a preferred future. In this case Jeremiah's words and actions run parallel and perpendicular to one another - and at the same time.
It is this friction that brings light. Words alone or actions alone don't have the ability to get a purchase on our imagination that is strong enough to bring change.
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those who become at ease
face a danger of succumbing
to that very ease
the only antidote of which
is a whole different kind
no longer needing ease