Tuesday, June 12, 2012

1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13

Pentecost +3 - Year B

“Sorry”, says G*D. “Sorry”, says Samuel.

“Sorry”, doesn’t cut it without the addition of, “Here’s what I’ve learned and am beginning to enact.”

Behaviorally, David is on a par with Saul. G*D’s move beyond “Sorry” seems to be that there will be no second-guessing. David becomes a teflon king.

Samuel helps us recognize how easily things can go awry and how important it is to stay standing up for your own perspective. Samuel didn’t seem able to face the People or G*D or Family. Confusion about who’s calling or what’s needed runs through Samuel’s story. Samuel might be a patron saint for our day - “I won’t be sorry again, I’ll go along.”

For G*D, there is the wonderful out that G*D has a secret plan based on “knowing hearts” - “I won’t be sorry again, I’ll be over here pulling strings and revising history.”

Now for a “Sorry” that will engage rather than avoid or manipulate. I have a way to go. How about you? Surely there is a way to practice a new way, even for us old dogs. Surely a way to claim our “one”ness and our “all”ness with the bold humility of integrity.

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