Thursday, February 07, 2013

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Epiphany - Last/Transfiguration - Year C

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Paul was not a biblical literalist. There is no report in scripture of Moses' sense of the presence of G*D having dimmed or failed. He was strong enough to complain and ended his days full of vitality. To move from a reference that Moses wore a veil to cover glory to Moses not wearing a veil mistakes and limits the presence of G*D to a moment of ecstasy.

Glory, like gifts, is revealed in different way to different people and at different stages of their life journey. To start measuring the amount and style of glory among us is a battle that, at best, ends up being lose-lose.

G*D is large enough to not require all having the same gift or the same amount/expression of glory, either in the present or at some future time.

We can still have heart, whether we revel in or dismiss Moses. The refusal to admit to cunning is a very cunning thing to do and we all fall short of self-revelation to others. Let's get off this either/or approach to various components of everyday life. An extension of being both saint and sinner is that we are have a whole range of glory from prevenient grace to lived wholeness. Lift up your heart and lift up your Neighb*r's heart — we are in this together.
 

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