Reflections for

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jun 19, 2016

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a; Psalm 42 and 43; (Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:19-28;) Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

Poetry

Under cover

We see God in the shape
he shows to us. For some, fire.
For others, holy smoke, oil,
a running river, sheep’s crook,
muscular right arm that holds
against the dark, the dread.

It is the oddity of poets
to not see the world straight on
but at some slant, under the skin,
behind the scrim—a scurry
of leaves, clouds. God speaks
his presence in the wind.

I sensed him even in the ink
warming within the pen before
these words arrived.

 

Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.