Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pentecost +21 Sunday – C2

Pentecost +21 Sunday – C2

Years C
Psalm119:97-104 or Psalm 121

Law comes from roots that have to do with what has been laid down - from set in place to lying in wait for birth to laying out a dragnet to catch. The biggest thing to be laid down (set in place) is creation. Here then is a jump from law to creation.

"Oh, how I love your 'creation'! It is my meditation all day long." (Ps 119:97)

This makes much more sense in terms of what is available to us all day long and what can capture our imagination that will lead us more quickly to wisdom. In some sense "law" can lead to knowledge, but it is "creation" that leads to understanding.

This sort of play can be fruitfully done in other references. Try it for yourself in your favorite passages about "law" (presuming you have favorite law passages).

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that pesky old problem
of help arising
remains with us
it is the cry of earth
as it is being toasted
of Iraqis now toast
cut off from their hills
of poor children
so concerned about
and even more ignored

we are again
at a point of helplessness
where god is again
effectively absent
as we lift our eyes
to ozone holes
heritages demolished
communal care abandoned
leading to another choice
acquiescence or revolution

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