Movement

3 Feb

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 4 Epiphany 03 February 2013
Movement
The pattern in the life of the Prophet seems to always be the same:
God calls him. (Jeremiah 1:15)
God appoints him. (Jeremiah 1:10)
The prophet begins to say to them… (Luke 4:21)
He “reads” their body language and says, “Doubtless you will quote me…” (v 23) And they do.
“And you will say…” (v 23) And they do. And so they have done.
And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. (v 24) And this is true.
But the truth is,… (v 25) And they have been presented with it.
When they heard this, all in the Church were filled with rage. (v 28) And they were.
But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. (v 30)
This is the epitome of grace in motion that Paul described in the movement of Love in 1 Corinthians 13 from today’s New Testament reading. Grace glides into Truth to make known.
1 Cor 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Historically speaking, it is only after the truth comes out that a society begins to heal, for we know only in part, since we project that which we fear. For example, through the many cycles of Inquisitions (not just Spanish), which ran from the 1100’s to ca 1860, they didn’t come to completion (1 Cor 13:10) until the whole Truth came out, as to what the “religious” were doing. Now we look back with hindsight and ask, “What were they thinking?” To us today, burning witches at the stake seems childish, ludicrous, and absurd. The same thing with the notion of the world being flat. The same thing with Nazi Germany’s racism, and even into the modern-day bloodbaths that continue: “What were they thinking?” Not only individually, but also societally, we do project our own fears on to others. To move from a reflection in a mirror, seen dimly, we must have the whole Truth to see “face to face.”
1 Cor 13:9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
So far, the truth of the depth of love of the Church-as-Body has not been revealed to the people. It is time for the partial to come to an end. (v 10) The Holy Spirit has already stirred up the “oil” and given the healing anointing to anoint the vision of His people. [See Chuck Pierce, The Elijah List, 31 January 2013.] I have given my part. I am still waiting for someone to step forward on the Church’s part so that the Grand Silence may finally be broken. Holy Spirit, our Advocate, please intervene and lead us into Your Truth and into all truth. For the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth will set us free, so help us God.
Prayer: Father, please forgive the selfish, “ME!”-oriented Church for not keeping our eyes on You in the midst of the spiritual “storms” and temporal “cliffs” (Lk 4:29), over “landmines,” and into cyclones of rage (v 28), which we have experienced the same as the world has. Lead us on Your way and into Your kingdom. Come Truth in Love. Spirit of Grace, please move elegantly in our midst. We are no longer children speaking like children, thinking like children, or reasoning like children. (1 Cor 13:11) We take our refuge in You, O Lord. (Ps 71:1) We trust You as You gracefully open the doors of Truth out of the depths of Your love. Keep our focus completely on You so that we may pass through our challenges by focusing on Your mercy, wisdom, and guidance. Keep our eyes on You so that we may go on Your way (Lk 4:30) in peace as we trust in You, as You bring the Truth to light. Amen.

4 Epiphany 03 February 2013 Gospel: Luke 4:21-30
Jeremiah 1:4-10
1:4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,

1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

1:6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”

1:7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you,

1:8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.”

1:9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.

1:10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Psalm 71:1-6
71:1 In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.

71:2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.

71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

71:4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

71:5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.

71:6 Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13
13:1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

13:2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

13:3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

13:4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant

13:5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

13:6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.

13:7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

13:8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.

13:9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;

13:10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.

13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.

13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13:13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Luke 4:21-30
4:21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

4:23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.'”

4:24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.

4:25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land;

4:26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

4:27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”

4:28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.

4:29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.

4:30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

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