Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

Pentecost +5 - Year C 

At some point fear surfaces. We can manage it while ecstatic or purposeful, but eventually it must be dealt with. The reality of threat finally gets through whether internally from our own body or a returning consequence from a previous external action.

We sometimes flee for our lives. This can be deeper into belief or farther away (from junk food or retaliator).

Fortunately exhaustion sets in when our scare runs its first course. We recognize we are powerless over the threat. Now we begin the journey back to ourselves in the midst of a larger community. At first we don’t know the resources available to us to nourish us, we simply find ourselves fed. Talk about regression and needing to learn again to trust!

Eventually we can sort out the bright and shiny distractions and listen to a “deep heart’s core”. From listening we return to work, but a more connected work that does not simply destruct, but builds—new leader, new compatriots, new energy, new hope.

Try overlaying your life’s journey on this pericope and see where the correspondences come. It won’t be one-for-one, but it may give a helpful clue to what's next.

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