“Kiln” – An Alphabyte

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

What a darkroom is to a picture, a kiln is to clay cup.
In the one, light is frozen, in the other shape.
Though we need to be pliable for further ongoing shaping by the Lord,
a time comes when shape needs to be fixed…final,
for only a vessel harden by fire can hold the sacred blood of Jesus,
can be a cup of grace out-poured in love upon the other.

Prayer-time is the kiln. Motion ceases.
The fire of the Word icreases until the formless in us
takes on the shape of the Creator, until it is set,
able to withstand being reshaped by the preferences of others.
Stay in the kiln until your shape is set.

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Kiln” introduces the Sixth Week in Epiphany:
winter in the north, summer in the south.
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Sunday, February 9
Matthew 5:13-20

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Mount Sinai and the Mount of the Beatitudes stand beside each other in our imagination. From the former comes the foundation of how to live a godly life. Moving beyond the “Thou shalt nots,” the Beatitudes begin with positive expressions of blessing: How blessed and fortunate you will be, that now having the foundation, you understand how to live in the Kingdom.

Imagine that you are salt and light—one at a time. Salt offers zest to others’ lives; light illumines the way of Jesus.

In the second half of our reading, Jesus uplifts “both-and” of his teaching, referring to the Law and to his words. It is not “either-or” for Jesus, but rather “both-and.”

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
“You are the salt of the earth.” v. 13
My light shining for others v. 16
Keeping the heart of the law v. 19
Righteousness for the kingdom v. 20

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This is the Sixth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year A is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.

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