Friday, 11 April 2014

Even in the darkness

John 10:31-42
The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If those to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’—and the scripture cannot be annulled— can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.
 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, “John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.

Taking up stones to harm
An answer to a threat perceived
and misunderstood.
Taking up stones to harm
A way out of confronting the truth
that was staring them in the face.
Taking up stones to harm
A reaction that covers the predicament
of feeling way out of our depth.
Even in the darkness
Light may be found
Even in the darkness
Good overcomes evil
Even in the darkness
Hope prevails
And so we continue
to look for signs
of love at work
in the darkness
And seek ways to avoid the instinct
to take up stones.

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