Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ephesians 5:8-14

Lent 4 – Year A

Ephesians 5:8-14

An alternative translation of such dualities as "dark" and "light" or "evil" and "good" is that of "limitation" and "possibility".

This has the benefit of removing the judgmental, all-or-nothing, eternal aspect from a conversation so that the participants in an experience can engage with one another rather than go toe-to-toe.

Here we are reminded that once we operated on the basis of our limitations, but, now, Christ has drawn us into possibility. As we shift our decision-making from limitation to possibility we find our decisions more consistently result in what might then be described as good and right and true - as tested by time rather than by cant.

This challenges us to find the possibilities of new life in our current situations and to expose limitations so they might add to better decisions, not stymie them. Eventually, underground, un-exposed, secret-power limitations lead to regretted and even shameful results. But, that which focuses on bringing out the remaining possibilities, reveals an opening for a preferred future to enter. It is this "light" of possibility that comes to waken and energize us. Rise beyond your limitations! Possibility is present!

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This same approach can be helpful back in our long pericope with the man born blind. It is in the possibility of G*D's wonders that we grow to learn from our limitations without being bound by them.

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