Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Isaiah 43:16-21

Lent 5 - Year C

Isaiah 43:16-21

Memory is a powerful tool. It acts as a brake on our journey. We pause to smell a flower and memories come flooding forth as entrancing as any siren Odysseus was ever tempted by. We would linger awhile and awhile longer.

What was that larger value we were striving for? I think there might have been one, wasn't there? Sweet opiate of the masses; the way we were.

Religious rituals are so comforting. They have shaped us. We can do them in our sleep.

"A new thing", you say? Well, OK, go ahead. My memories will prove there is nothing new under the sun. Go ahead with your "new thing." It'll be alright.

"Honor and Praise" are your "new thing"? I knew there was a reason I so enjoy my memories, for this "new thing" is so beside the point of steadfast love, of premeditated mercy, of abundant assurance. I remember when co-creator was the "new thing". What do you remember?

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