Thursday, May 08, 2008

1 Corinthians 12:3-13

Pentecost – Year A

1 Corinthians 12:3-13

The variety of gifts given is too large to count. Go ahead - just try to count the ways in which folks are gifted.

While we appreciate the variety of gifts among us, we have a more difficult time comprehending that all these gifts have been held in whatever G*D might be. One of the ways in which this has shown up over time is not understanding mothering to be a gift given and yet retained within G*D. The divine feminine is a weak spot in our Christian doctrine.

Until we can affirm a larger common good than getting our own way we won't be able to affirm a more expansive image of G*D. In speculative fiction this would be the movement from a moment of creation to a continued expansion that at the same time moves to a singularity – and beyond.

Imagine an intersection of these symbols > < [remember to extend them past these truncated versions and put them in motion in regard to one another] and a progression from <> to < > [imagine connecting curved lines] to <, while > to < > was just as mysteriously real, leading to <> and finally . and taking all that experience to an even livelier expression of common good.

While yearning to see this under light, in motion, I am only as far a noting elements, not their interaction. May you aid us all in re-viewing the many gifts yet available, the strengthening of those present, and the letting loose of those needing to be put down for the benefit of a current and next common good, a once and future steadfast love.


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