Reflections for

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sep 02, 2018

Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9; (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15;) James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Poetry

Organic ink

Petals unfold from your tongue, you speak crimson
velvet freshness into being. An opening bud of careful
precision, a floral life floating on your breath, bees, and boundary.
 
You expand a mystery of molecules, at your word atomic spice
springs into breeze; you dizzy hummingbirds, intoxicate butterflies.
Shining beams play, shimmer, light your Shulamite, invite a tango.

You draw. Come, find my notes poured out in the garden, etched among
lemons and limes. See, the lost apricot awakens! Sweet shoots adorn
black crumbling branches. On every cell I inscribe: what was dead is alive.

You wait for me to discover your love among the leaves and thorns,
(will I perceive it?) your hidden blossom of wonder, a shy heart-shaped
valentine of third heaven, a sachet for this moment, a marked downbeat

of song, a bodily inhale of my eyes and skin and hair and breath. Filled
with rising melody, your unspoken lyrics whispered on wind, I join
your written roses in swaying dance, in blood-red bloom of belonging.

Books

Wearing God, by Lauren F. Winner

Spring books

I read Lauren Winner's new book with the sort of joy one feels when watching someone utterly hit their stride.

 

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