Saturday, March 19, 2011

by Connie Heginbotham

Each of today’s readings encourages us to look at the unexamined and repressed.

  • Pharaoh’s dream mystified him because flourishing and withering crops were equally vivid.
  • The Pharisees’ disciplined themselves to worship righteously on the Sabbath and were blind to the need to heal.
  • Paul refused to judge himself good and his neighbor failing because only God could see the whole, the light and the darkness in the soul.

Let us beware of ignoring the withered, the low, the repressed, and the darkness in ourselves.

  • Let us explore dream messages welling up from the subconscious.
  • Let us look deeply at the unintended consequences of our conscious determination to do God’s work as we define it.  Let us meditate on and embrace the dark and the light, the withered and the nourished, the recognized and the repressed. Let us recognize the tension between the good we try to do and the consequences we ignore.

The Psalmist tells us that even the darkness is not dark to God. He today encourages us to recognize and praise god in everything, the high and the low.

Let us search out and embrace God in the bright and the dark, the known and the unknown.

Genesis 41:1-13
Psalms 55, 138, 139
1 Cor 4:1-7
Mark 2:23-3:6