Pentecost +7 - Year C
Where is this heaven where names are written? Consider the prayer, “on earth as it is in heaven”. Our living in process (read: engaging individuals and communities in the present) is always caught between the abundance of plenty (name written) and the fear of scarcity (name not written).
Note how we travel together. We are drawn toward opportunity (where expressed peace is a ground-rule). We settle, knowing who we are, and those who will be drawn to the healing we carry.
While we have made the knocking of dust off our feet into a judgment against others, it is simply a recognition of time and space needing to come together and, for whatever reason, they didn’t in a particular time or space. While it feels good to blame others, it would be better described as a sadness rather than a “Woe to you!”. The elided verses are appropriately left out as they slip into control and power models rather than sharing peace for the sake of sharing, regardless of response.
So, homework time. As you change spaces during the week, offer this preemptive blessing: “G*D is near: Neighb*r’s are here”. See if from Monday to Sunday there is a subtle, but noticeable, shift in how you move through your day. If so, you’ll be able to see your name engraved where’er ye go throughout this whole, wide earth. If not, keep at it; you will.