Further Up and Further In
The Rev. Michele H. Morgan
November 1, 2020
All Saints Day.
The disciples kept climbing to hear him. In my mind there is Jesus on a hilly slope, perched up on a bolder and the disciples are in close and the crowd is sitting in rapt attention all around him. We hear that it is those closest to Jesus that scramble up further up to hear and to learn the deepest lessons of Jesus. It reminds me of CS Lewis in the Narna books, during the last battle, Jewel the Unicorn says,
We are called to go up, to go further up and further in. To seek, to be skeptical and yet still be called to find more love, more light, more God. We are not handed the blessings we have to work our way to them. Actually we are handed them we just do not value them unless we work and prepare.
The passage we hear today, of all these blessings is part of the longer sermon on the mount. David Lohse says that “this is a description of, and summons to, a new kind of life, kingdom-life.” This is what we are being asked, we are being asked to create something new. We are being asked to step in and up, putting ourselves last to create true connection to the person who is not like you, not known by you, has a different experience of you and in that we can create something new. This Kingdom or rather this kin-dom of connection.
We are people who hold up the every ordinary person as a beloved child of God and our relative. Oh if we could live into that, be that person. How could we do the things we do the small cuts, that as a society end up into gapping wounds. That is what Paul was writing about as he called us to connection, to see each other. It is what we also hear about in our epistle, 1st John. “ Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.”
By living into the call from Jesus in this sermon, of becoming what we do not know yet, when you are overwhelmed by life, when you are lost, when you are content, not desiring, when you want more of the divine spark, when you are full of care for others, when you are seeing God for the first time, and carring that into the world, your heart and mind set on the divine spark, and when you cooperate.
It is a call to be formed and transformed.
Formation….knock a hole in you.
Since we have been in this Covid tide, I have been meditating with a group of activists from Minnesota, we meditate on Zoom together and someone shares a poem. So in this time when we are afraid that the world may continue to implode, that we may have violence, that we will continue to see mass death in this country. I will leave you with what we try and do in that half an hour during the week we try and breath in the broken ness of the world and breath out calm.
Wage Peace by Judyth Hill
Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists
and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.
Play music, memorize the words for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit, and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
as the outbreath of beauty or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious:
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” Create more God Today, go further up and further in…and remember we are here with each other and I love you, I am paying fore you and please be gentle with yourself.