Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1 Samuel 2:1-10

Year A - Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth or Elizabeth and Mary meet
May 31, 2014

There is not much new under the sun. Variations upon themes and a periodic mutation that shifts a theme seems to be the order of the day.This is one of the reasons it is important to choose mentors wisely. You will become a variant of them. Were you part of a tradition that would choose a confirmation name from the saints of old. It was a significant exercise to try to discern who would be an intended model for you to draw near to as you encounter the new occasions and duties of today.

So are the words from Mary in Luke or Hannah in 1 Samuel unique? No. The more difficult question: Are they mine, as well? Note how a religious or spirit understanding has real-world implications. To come at this from the side, rather than head-on, re-read Common Sense by Thomas Paine and see if that helps locate you next to Mary and Hannah. We are talking revolution here.

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