Epiphany 4 A


beloved are the poor, ready for fulfillment
beloved are mourners, ready for dawn
beloved are the gentle, already living their inheritance
beloved are those who yearn for wholeness, satisfaction has begun
beloved are the mercy-full, their joy overflows
beloved are those forgiven, they see G*D everywhere
beloved are those steady in peace, images of G*D for others
beloved are refugees, their home shall travel with them
beloved are those reviled for good, their worthy work will reveal them

beloved are the fair-hearted, they ground reality
beloved are the kindly-lived, they enhance creation
beloved are the humble-minded, they reveal the future

beloved are you, period
beloved am I, comma

beloved, be loved, be love, be




teaching how to teach

We look around and look around
and look around again

how are we to judge that other person
what is our beginning supposition

can we see them as co-heirs
are they more poor than we see

can we understand them to be stregthened
by the losses they have experienced

can we see them as inheriting our fruits
and so we engage to mutually learn humility

can their lights be seen as bending toward justice
with a common goal to us but a different path to walk

can they possibly be as merciful as we are
or are they incapable of receiving forgiveness

can they gaze upon a clear view G*D
while we see the back of their head in our gaze

can they be a peacemaker with those
we cannot yet talk with or have given up on

can they really be persecuted
not just be a victim whiner

can we see them in steadfast light
our peer by whom we are judged

if so so be it
if not pity us