Thursday, June 26, 2008

Romans 6:12-23

Pentecost +7 – Year A

Romans 6:12-23

There is an old saying, "Out of the frying pan, into the fire." Usually that is not a good way to go. But, if we begin to play with the fire of Pentecost we are only seven weeks away from, this can speak to us of the freedom of G*D. Pentecost involves us again with other people, strangers, even.

We need to learn to reframe our language for our own larger living. This reframing also lets us listen better to others that we might accurately understand their perspective. In listening we also become authorized to speak their language and to help reframe it.

As long as we avoid this business of sharpening our thinking and living out of a values code that contains an appreciation of ambiguity, we will find our freedom continually reduced to less than a mustard seed worth of it.

By seeing a freedom beyond our current intolerable situation we can step out of the situation we are in by looking inward and begin to move beyond the dead end of a frying pan. Jump now into the arms of a larger community and a multitude of sanctifying gifts - many of which are different than yours.
 

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