Pentecost +12 - Year C
Some folks appreciate a firm boundary more than others. For those that do, marking such a boundary with fire helps keep it in sight and at a distance.
Here the boundary may be seen as beauty—a beauty of interconnections; a beauty of wholeness; a beauty of creation and creativity.
Within this boundary there are two complementary responses. One is a basic thankfulness that is large enough to be attached to any particular form of that thanks (sacrifice of old or some more contemporary ritual expression of it). A second is that of action based on that thankfulness or gratitude—a move from beauty to beauty, as a frozen beauty looses presence to become object.
When these two (thankfulness and responsiveness) get covered over by whatever seems to offer greater control or power or falter in the face of an interpreted false step, there will be a consequence. Here that is imaged as having taken our eye off of gratitude and embodying that. The result is having wandered too close to the fiery boundary and perhaps even crossing it and not knowing how to return.
May you be blessed this day with a clear vision of the beauty of life, your part in it, and many expressions of thankfulness.