Friday, 17 March 2017

Under construction

Matthew 21:42-43
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.

Faith is not ours to keep
not ours by right
or default
or heritage
Faith
that elusive
enigmatic
mysterious
bundle of becoming
is a gift
to embrace for a time
(for it doesn't remain static)
a way to live into
a hope to which to aspire.
a series of teachings
and truths
and beliefs
which gather
unassembled
and which,
just when it seems to make sense
just when it seems to have some coherence
or cohesion
falls apart
and the pieces
don't fit together neatly
ever again
but in their place
is a new set of building blocks
from which to put together
another semblance
another portrayal of belief
with which we can live for a time
until that, too must be given up
as more is revealed 
and as the kingdom of God
emerges
in the lived out
grappling with faith
that defies boundaries
but is evident
in changed lives
In changed communities
and in holding loosely
even giving away
what we imagine is ours
but belongs to God
and returns to God
when we surrender
our constructs
to the will
and purpose
of God.

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