Pentecost +15 - Year B
What would keep a hand from a scepter of wickedness. This “Precious” is a great temptation and needs a strong intention to avoid it. We might look to mountains to hedge us in, leaving only the good as an option. We might employ capital punishment, eternal separation, as a technique to discourage wrong-doing.
We know from experience that external controls are only as good as their last success. Eventually they will be tested and tested again. The two-year-old and adolescent in us will push every boundary and push again.
Eventually it comes to what we trust. We trust that being upright and forthright pays a better dividend than the breaking of trust with G*D, Neighb*r, or S*lf.
Image trust as solid as a mountain. A landslide may happen and rearrange a contour, but the basic mass is still present. Imagine living a solidly helpful life. A backslide may happen, but a basic integrity is still present.