Reflections for

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug 18, 2019

Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; (Jeremiah 23:23-29; Psalm 82;) Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56


The pastor’s wife considers gray

 Am I a God near by, says the Lord,
  and not a God far off?
Jeremiah 23:23

Some days Yahweh's crayon box
holds colors for tiptoeing within regret's bold
lines, and others for scribbling acceptance's
Wild Blue Yonder on bathroom walls,

jet trails through every grown-up's sky. Silver
becomes the dime I find in Seven Eleven's
parking lot, the memory of a minnow's flash
or Aunt Mary's lost ring—found.

And there's this gray crayon's violet wrap,
labeled Purple Mountains' Majesty,
Crayola's Rosetta Stone, a god gone corporate,
and international conspiracy to grab a child's soul.

But what I'd like to believe is that Yahweh, most
mornings, strolls through his garden toward a hillside
door, tugs it open, waves on light, revealing
countless casks holding dyes, glimmers, petals,

screams, crushed insects, explosions, rust,
ointments, folded galaxies, sage, giggles,
lightning streaks, old lady dandelion hair,
locomotives, wine, grief (some casks leak),

blank peacock feathers, neon gas, angel raiment rags.
Then, Yahweh plays.


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