Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lent 38 - Maundy Thursday Revolution

Jesus breaks boundaries in his own life and causes a lot of shock, and he tells other people that anything he can do they can do also.  Follow me, be the light of the world, all of you.  You can do it.  The kingdom is at hand: you don’t have to wait, you can do it now.  The power of God is vested in you – hidden in you, perhaps, but it’s there.  Believe in it, let it shine.
                                                                                                                                Beatrice Bruteau

Ah Jesus
we they hardly knew you
we hardly know you

or so it seems

you went around turning everything upside down
taking all the nice neat categories and boundaries
and blowing them apart

taking our entire philosophy of life
where some win, and some lose
where some are in, and some are out
where some dominate, and get the riches
and some are dominated
put down, despised, use manipulated

and rejecting that way

they didn’t get it
not fully
those fishermen

nor do we
not even our technology
can help us here

we still see others as
the other
as those who can help us
or hurt us
as those who are to be used
or driven away
as those to be
the “potentiality of hurt” separates us
and we walk through life
“separated selves” (Bruteau)

a revolution is called for
a holy Thursday revolution (Bruteau)

O Jesus
the boundaries must be stretched and shattered
in our lives
as they were in yours

the boundaries between those who are in
and those who are out
between the rich and poor
diseased and healthy

us and them
needs to fade

and we need to move from a world
built on domination
to one built on communion

where we eat from one loaf
drink from one cup
and wash each other’s feet

to a world where
just as YOU fed us with your very self
we feed each other

where, as in the meal
you, O Beloved, become us
so too in the meal
we become each other

dwell in each other
and lay down our lives
for each other

in communion
the Kingdom of God

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