“Juggling” – An Alphabyte

Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Juggling” introduces the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost:
Summer in the North, Winter in the South.

Nick reads the Alphabyte.

I never was very good at baseball.
That is why I loved that day on the beach many years ago,
    when my body arched above in motion slow,
    to catch the friendly Frisbee saucer.
I thought that this must be a game for heaven.
I once saw someone juggle ten of these, flinging them into the upper air
    of the circus tent, easily, quietly receiving and dispatching each
    as they playfully returned to the hand that made sure
    they would be borne on air again.
What patience, what falls, what discouragement must have been
    in the life of that artist till he could fling those airy discs
    as easily as breathing in and out!

So much comes your way to juggle—you know the list.
Practice slowly—a few at a time, till many plots and peoples
    and places can revolve about your life, while you watch it all,
    just as the folks in the bleachers do…and the Lord of heaven and earth.

Juggling the Claims of Others

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 14:13-21

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To listen to Nick read the one-minute introduction.

The gruesome death of John the Baptist urges Jesus to seek solitude. However, crowds track Jesus down, interrupting the gift of spending time alone. Compassion for the crowd shifts Jesus’ awareness from grief over the death of his beloved cousin. The multiplied loaves and fish prefigure another miracle related to his own death—Holy Communion.

The miracle of the loaves and fish does not occur without the cooperation of the disciples: “You feed them,”commands Jesus.

Do the needs of others—and sometimes their unreasonable claims upon you—seem so hard to juggle? Slow things up, through prayer and contemplation. Spend time alone with your Lord; God will teach you how to have your few gifts pass through the Lord’s hands into yours for multiplied cycles of flight to heaven.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
A deserted place alone v. 13
Compassion upon the crowd v. 14
“You give them something to eat.” v. 16
You take, bless and break my loaves v. 19

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This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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