Psalm 12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) 2 (1) Help, Adonai!
For no one godly is left;
the faithful have vanished from humankind. 3 (2) They all tell lies to each other,
flattering with their lips, but speaking from divided hearts.
Isaiah 2:1-11 Their land is full of idols;
everyone worships the work of his hands,
what his own fingers have made. 9 A person bows down, a man lowers himself —
don’t forgive them! 10 Come into the rock, hide in the dust
to escape the terror of Adonai
and the glory of his majesty.
1 Thessalonians 2:13-20 13 Another reason we
regularly thank God is that when you heard the Word of God from us, you
received it not merely as a human word, but as it truly is, God’s Word, which
is at work in you believers. 19 For when our Lord Yeshua returns, what will be our hope, our joy, our
crown to boast about? Won’t it be you? 20 Yes, you are our
glory and our joy!
Luke 20:19-26 They sent spies who
hypocritically represented themselves as righteous, so that they might seize
hold of someth…
Psalm 142 By the road that I am walking they have hidden a snare for me. Numbers 24: 1-13 “I summoned you to curse my enemies. But here, you have done nothing but bless them — three times already!" Romans 8: 12-17 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear... Matthew 22: 15-22 “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me?
The Way: Snares, contrariness, fear, and traps. That’s samsara, is what that is. The literal meaning of “samsara” is “continuous flow.” If you want a synonym for ‘samsara’ maybe “flux” would do.
Necks in a noose, getting the opposite of what we expect, being betrayed by freedom, and hearing our own double-dealing words echo in our ears. There’s no escaping it, until we stop trying to escape it. That’s when all the sticky tangles just dissolve without even a sizzle. Where did they go? Who cares? There are so many clues embedded in our language that tell us what we already know: “There ya go.” — “It is what it is.” — “Even so.” — “Can’…
I’m departing from my usual topics for reflection this
morning because of an article I read about modern bakers trying to re-create a medieval
recipe for Soul Cakes. Most of the problem seemed to be that the recipes on
record from that time have no quantities listed, or instructions on baking
times or methods of preparation. One writer said this about a recipe from 1604:
“However, it doesn’t give us the
quantities—nor does it tell us how long to bake it. So you have to work out for
yourself what to do with the ingredients.” I believe this is evidence of an enormous paradigm shift. Lately,
much of my theological and devotional reading makes reference to the medieval
mind-set; their ways of understanding the world. I think this is a perfect
example. Reading between the lines a bit led me to reflect that modern
sensibilities are no longer intimately connected with the natural world. Medieval
cooks knew where all their
ingredients came from, and how they behaved in relation to cooking meth…