Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; (Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8;) Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16
The divine in the human
In John's prologue, the Word speaks our language while also summoning to a new creation. The incarnate Word is the God of creative address.
Last month, both the scientifically minded and the scientifically challenged paused to contemplate the far reaches of the cosmos.
Give me the green side of that apple,the tree side, puckery, crisp.And your mouth, stop sunning it. Here! Give me a kiss.On second thought, take it back! When you domineered the animals, your fingers useless in fists, I looked the given in the mouth (your horsing and naming, your curses). The gist: We’ve both had our due. The worm’s in us. Yum. And we’re in this together. The risk: Come. Whet wit with me. Defy! Deify.I’m a northerner, shade-grown, tall. I can reachthe top fruit, but no higher. See that Winesap,King—you name it—up there? Catchand imagine them huge—logo balloons,image parades snaking the earth,peopling the sky.
Scripture doesn't just shape the life of the community of faith. It also has a powerful effect on the lives of those who maintain distance from traditional religion, even those who explicitly deny religious faith.
The psalmist is not alone in claiming that humans are only “a little lower than God.” Can it be any wonder, then, that our faith leaves a great deal of room to disagree about our power in creation?
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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