Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Exodus 14:19-31

Pentecost +18 – Year A

Exodus 14:19-31

Moses baptized those Egyptian charioteers "real good." That perspective is questionable from many directions.

With that silliness aside, remember that Moses not only dealt with water that rock might be revealed, but, later, dealt with rock that water might be revealed. We are always finding balancing points.

What needs to be passed on from this "saving"? Yesterday we heard that forgiveness (a kind of saving/healing) was to beget more forgiveness. How might ways be opened for those who are finding themselves no less trapped than the Israelites of old? Is there an economic component to this "saving" for those whose job has moved? Is there a political component for political theories (such as the liberal or progressive which has taken such a PR beating in the last generation or third-party platforms) to be revived? Is there a racial or gender or sexual orientation component that hangs on long after legislation was to have done away with it or in the face of legislation further marginalizing a people? Is there an educational component in the face of cultural boredom?

By and large, none of the Abrahamic religions have done well in expanding salvation past their own self-interest. How are you doing on a personal level?

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