Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Jeremiah 18:1-11

Pentecost +16 - Year C 

This sounds very much like a story from Kafka or one of the dystopian novels. There is a plan or template you are not aware of against which you are constantly being measured. Moment by moment you are being conditioned toward some endpoint. Sometimes you receive positive reinforcement and sometimes negative.

This is not really a learning environment. New occasions continue to come along. A new pot or people is raised up and has a flaw. What is a G*D to do—other than toss it aside, of course. If for whatever reason some flash of beauty might be seen beyond a flaw (or even within it), then it may sit on an honored shelf.

Appreciate this for the profligate creativity present as life is called into existence and claimed to be good. Appreciate this for Kali showing up to knock it all about with too many left hands not know what a right is throwing.

So, G*D can shape and unshape from the outside in response to our shaping and reshaping from the inside. This and $5 gets us where? Where is the on-going relationship that accounts for working together for a common good? In the aftermath of Labor Day this passage is weighted overmuch toward management.

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