Monday, February 08, 2010

Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)

Epiphany 6 - Year C

Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)

We began Epiphany with a star in the west, drawing eastern magi on. We close the season with another shining - that of apparel. Whether you sense new light on the horizon or close surrounding you, there is one persistent blessing - that of belovedness. Whether your light is attributed to a creation-wide spirit of star-stuff or some very specific manifestation of same, there is always the question of what difference such makes.

Here there is healing in the wings. As folks return from enlightenment a healing need moves from the wings to center stage. "Look! Look!", cries an eternal chorus. As the scene progresses there is a heightening from description of seizure to experience of convulsion.

This and many healings first elicit a powerful, "No!" How astounding it is to break free of inertia to say, "No!" Where might you practice this today? Just mutter "No!" to yourself in response to the "news of the day", so you won't be taken in by the easy descriptions and avoidance of experience? Just state "No!" to someone else you encounter at home, business, or on the street, for together your "No!" will be strengthened? Just demand "No!" in and to your congregation, community, or nation, that a response to systemic illness can begin and eventually open space for a "Yes!"?

Accepting Belovedness eventuates in a rebuking "No!" and a healing "Yes!" May your star-stuffed belovedness so proclaim.

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