Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Psalm 51:1-17

Year C - Ash Wednesday or Self-Recognition Day
February 10, 2016

Some phrases from Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms by Norman Fischer can help us see the interior work suggested by this Psalm. These will help keep a healthy and partnered relationship between G*D and yourself, not a one-up/one-down hierarchy of roles.

     “... of my twistedness I’m painfully aware
     My weakness is before my eyes all day long”

     “Let the light of your eye in mine
     Clarify my tangles and snarls
     So they do not pull nor strangle
     And my heart becomes clear
     And my spirit new”

Pairing weakness and clarity is a helpful way to listen in to your internal conversation. 

     What keeps you weak? What happens as clarity begins? 

     What assists your clarity? What happens when weakness returns?

Such inquiries as these reveal where our treasure is. With weakness our treasure is some deus ex machina rescue. With clarity our treasure is humility.

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