Changing Directions (# 1063)

11 09 2016
  1. The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Proverbs 25:6-14; Ephesians 4:1-6; and Luke 14:1-11. A miner but common theme in the readings is to choose the lower seat, Ephesians stressing “lowliness and meekness”. In the Gospel, Jesus heals a sick man on the Sabbath and his method of argument with the Pharisees is framed very much like the kind of arguments found in the Talmud. The arguments of the Pharisees is not developed but it appears they are against the healing. Jesus then tells them that if they had an ox or an ass that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, they would pull it out. This is similar to the reasoning seen a few weeks ago in which Jesus tells them they would water their ass on the Sabbath. It is so interesting that the Pharisees, the group that led to the beginnings of the Talmud are the victims of their methods of reasoning in these exchanges. Quite obviously it was intentional.
  2. Another day and for that I am grateful. It is the first time today that this has occurred to me.
  3. My readings are elsewhere right now. I have become interested in learning more about the Nyngma School in Tibet, have begun re-reading Tarthung Taulku, _Time Space and Knowledge_, trying to practice tonglen, and beginning a poetry course. Rather than concentrate on these readings, I have been thinking it would be interesting to try to read Paul’s Epistles in their entirety, at least his main letters. Still, the poste of the last few weeks have been an interesting exercise, and if the readings interest me, there will be more.
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