Monday, June 13, 2005

commentary: concerning the kingdom

It seems a lot of these parabolic dreams are about the church and how I relate to it. I’m the Martha in the Way to the New Jerusalem—and not a very good one at that. I’m the non-participant in the Beauty School. Obviously, the preparatory phase in the Christian life should not be an endeavor to secure outward beauty and I recognize that. However, non-participation usually is not the most effective counter-action. Perhaps, my most positive move is to go eat at the banquet where no one else seems to want to eat. The food theme seems to reoccur frequently. In one—there is no food, in another—no one is eating it, in another—there is only cake (served on the floor) and parties, and yet another—I’m damaging the only nutritious food that appears but even so nobody—else seemed to know how to prepare it. What does this suggest about the spiritual diet of the church?

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