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The Next Dance

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful,
not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered,
and it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not gloat over other people’s sins
but takes its delight in the truth.
Love always bears up, always trusts,
always hopes, always endures.

I’ve read this over about five times now, and it keeps on growing in my mind. The above is only a part of the verse cited, but it’s the part that kept reaching out and poking me. It’s the part that I felt was reading me; the part that was peering into my heart to see what is going on in there. It’s the part that sat down in front of me with a questioning look on its face, put its chin in its hand, and looked at me without saying anything. And kept on looking.
Eventually I started noticing specific things; I started trying to see what the verse was looking at in me. I noticed that it started out by talking about what love is; then what it isn’t; then back …

Which Way The Wind Blows

Lectionaries are funny things— weird, abstruse little lists of biblical passages by number, sort of like tide tables or bus schedules. Today’s Lectionary passages (for 3-9-2018, the week of the third Sunday in Lent) are: Psalm 88; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; and Mark 6:47-56
About a month ago I posted a reflection in response to Abbess Jane’s Lectionary Musings blog on the same passage from Corinthians as the one listed for today in the Daily Office Readings Lectionary (BCP). That was supposed to be the reading for the 6th Sunday of Epiphany, according to +Jane, but I just can’t find it anywhere. I looked up Epiphany 6 in both the Daily Office Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary—not there. It’s not the reading from the Lindisfarne Community’s A Way of Living Lectionary for either Year 1 or 2 either. Oh well.
I was never the sort of autist who is fascinated by such things as bus schedules. I am much more inclined to be enthralled by maps. I wonder if I could make a L…

Figuring It Out

1 Corinthians 7:32-40: (Here’s my best rendition of verse 36, based on Mounce’s Greek Interlinear)
“If someone owns up(nomizō) to misbehavior—(aschēmoneō) with his virgin, if he’s gone “over the top”—(hyperakmos- lit. ‘above the acme’) and on account of this—(houtōs- ‘in this way’) he is obligated—(opheilō- owes, is indebted) to make it official—(ginomai) and makes good on his promise— (poieō) willingly—(thelō) then it’s absolutely not—(ou)a bad thing—(hamartanō- an error, wrongdoing)to get married—(gameō).”
Just to avoid any misconceptions, here is the NRSV translation: If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his fiancée,if his passions are strong, and so it has to be, let him marry as he wishes; it is no sin. Let them marry.”
Here is my version again, without the Greek words interposed:
“36If someone owns up to misbehavior with his ‘virgin’, if he’s gone “over the top” and on account of this he is obligated to make it official and makes good on his promise willingly…

Backing Through a Door

Today, I’m carrying on from parables to examine miracles, again with a nod to Zen attitudes—this is the story in Mark about the storm on the lake, when the disciples had to wake Jesus because he was sleeping right through all the wind and rain.
I kept thinking in terms of “nots”.
I don’t believe the story is intended to be literal, or metaphorical, or allegorical, or even symbolic. I think the sense of it might be imagined as “backing through a door.”
Here are some words that might connect with our understanding of the story in a pragmatic, non-theoretical way:
oI invented this word, then looked it up afterward. It’s not in the dictionary, but it is in current use in the context of international diplomacy. (From an article in Public Diplomacy Magazine: “The conduct of relations….in which there is a reasonable expectation of systematic relationships, involving some form of reporting, communication, negotiation, and representation, but not involving mutu…

A Knack

&Jesus talking about parables—
“but to those outside everything appears as something to be compared with something else;” (from yesterday’s reading)
21 He said to them, “A lamp isn’t brought in to be put under a bowl or under the bed, is it? Wouldn’t you put it on a lampstand? 22 Indeed, nothing is hidden, except to be disclosed; and nothing is covered up, except to come out into the open. 23 Those who have ears to hear with, let them hear!” 24 He also said to them, “Pay attention to what you are hearing! The measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you — and more besides! 25 For anyone who has something will be given more; but from anyone who has nothing, even what he does have will be taken away.” (from today’s reading; Mark 4:21-34)
I think that throughout, Jesus is still talking about parables. The passage for today continues from yesterday’s, with the same emphasis: ‘why parables?’ (I am beginning to resist the convention of taking bite-sized piece…