Saturday, April 19, 2014

Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26 (Vigil)

Year A - Easter Vigil or Hopeless Hope Vigil
April 19/20, 2014

A vigil based on thanks pushes us in the direction of anticipating a new great thing that will be visible to us and all in just a moment or two. It is out of our thanks that a new world is born.

There is still a sense of difficulty in the present that we are trying to cover up with a patina of thanks. We can positive-think our way through—just focus on the good G*D who gets us out of trouble, not that other G*D who holds us to account and responsibility so intentionally bad things happen to us otherwise good people.

This Psalm reprises a Genesis creation story and places us into its natural continuation. G*D started everything and wants everything to continue, so focus on G*D’s steadfast love, not our current sense of loss. Eventually we will be able to see our current loss as but a moment of forgetfulness which is not real.


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