[Uucf-bible] From the lectionary reading for this Sunday
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Thu Aug 31 10:48:59 EDT 2006
Hi all. Getting back into the swing of things with Labor Day around the
corner. Here are some selections from the common lectionary for this Sunday for
your reflection, response. I meant to post from Tom Bandy's new The Uncommon
Lectionary for this Sunday but can't put my hands on the book this a.m. but
will unless someone else has it and can post a follow-up.
Don't get to post from Song of Solomon too much so it is great to be able to
do so. Here it is Labor Day and we get a reflection about Spring bustin' out;
who says the lectionary isn't for the booming southern hemisphere
Christianity. But then that is the beauty of the common lectionary as opposed to the
seeker-sensitive UnCommon Lectionary of Bandy; it takes us out of our normal
default mode world and into an alternative story, of which as Ivan Illich said,
all revolutions are made.
And then there is so much wonderful discussable stuff in the reading from
Mark. I always like the part about what goes in not defiling us. It is a basic
underpinning of liberal Christianity that we can be open to finding truth and
revelation in so many places, that we can trust the world enough to be open
to it. Of course I have also come to believe that what we consumes tends to
consume or become us. So the line you have to walk and the paradoxes to live
Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (The Message)
Look! Listen! There's my lover!
Do you see him coming?
Vaulting the mountains,
leaping the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle, graceful;
like a young stag, virile.
Look at him there, on tiptoe at the gate,
all ears, all eyes—ready!
My lover has arrived
and he's speaking to me!
Get up, my dear friend,
fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
Look around you: Winter is over;
the winter rains are over, gone!
Spring flowers are in blossom all over.
The whole world's a choir—and singing!
Spring warblers are filling the forest
with sweet arpeggios.
Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed,
and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms.
Oh, get up, dear friend,
my fair and beautiful lover—come to me!
Come, my shy and modest dove—
leave your seclusion, come out in the open.
Let me see your face,
let me hear your voice.
For your voice is soothing
and your face is ravishing.
7Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem
gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating
with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all
the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing
the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market
unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they
observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the
scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition
of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah
prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
9Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of
God in order to keep your tradition! 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and
your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’
11But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you
might have had from me is Corban’ (that is, an offering to God)— 12then you
no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, 13thus making void
the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many
things like this.”
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of
you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can
defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
17When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him
about the parable. 18He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand?
Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
19since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?”
(Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20And he said, “It is what comes out of
a person that defiles. 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that
evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice,
wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil
things come from within, and they defile a person.”
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