Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Year C - Christmas 2 or Blessed Body 2
January 3, 2015


Oh, sure, rejoice now with a return after exile. G*D sent us away before and it won’t be but a few more pages before we are sent away again. Don’t forget to weep again then and to then rejoice again at the next turn.

This cycle is a difficult one to break, particularly since it has a several generation wave of weeping trough and rejoicing crest. Lessons from afar are problematic as they don’t seem closely enough connected to behaviors. Generations of eroding reasonable limits finally ends up with an exile. Generations of accommodating to exile brings a sudden release. Who knows where individual or communal decisions have been causal and where coincidental and where sporadically effective.

Weeping would be as in order at a return from exile as is rejoicing. We’re back without any more clue about right relationships. We still want what we want when we want it—now.

What Word will center folks as they are resettled that will keep them from exiling those who had filled the vacuum of their absence? What Word will ground folks in partnership and interdependence when independence and profit are the marketers dream situation?

What steadiness might you sing into being in place of this continual up and down, in and out, exile and return? It won’t be popular, but it might be satisfying. Please do sing it after you identify it.


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