Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pentecost +21 Sunday – C3

Pentecost +21 Sunday – C3

Years C
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

That which is G*D-inspired is useful in the midst of a community. Scripture is a useful tool - useful even when misused and someone tries to use it as a hammer when the task at hand is casting seed upon prepared ground.

According to Paul, Scripture's usefulness falls into two categories: positively - teaching/training, and negatively - reproof/correction. These are the same needs an individual and community have - support and re-direction.

We might also be stimulated to consider what else, in addition to Scripture, is useful, is G*D-inspired. Where might beauty fit into this? A created environment where we find ourselves? Additional writings and other art forms? Science? Neighbors?

= = = = = = =

somehow we keep hearing
be sober
endure suffering
evangelize

good news apparently
so diluted
so mechanical
so earnest

humor has been squeezed
down
out
forever

all that is left
persistence
rebuke
solemnity

may we hear again
a cheering evangel
encouraging us
and all

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