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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

david repent[1]2 Samuel 11 and 12 and Psalm 51

Sin and Parable – Part IV

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 

The separation from society when murder is arranged and enacted is evident. Yet what we often fail to see is the damage which occurs to the murderer, the arranger. This man or woman who either commits the act, causes or arranges the act is in such a place of darkness and of self-importance that the light does not penetrate. And the fact that lust, adultery and murder are here so closely entwined is an important one. Lust which is acted upon is a kind of murder, both of self and of the other.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

David serves as a wonderful model of how those who are blessed with amazing gifts are not immune from suffering.  David ennobles himself through his pain by admitting guilt and repenting.  David turns back to Yahweh. David and is forgiven and loved by Yahweh . . . eternally.

We might allow our pain to transform us into wounded healers. We might return to ask forgiveness. We might ennoble ourselves through the admission of guilt.  e might turn back and repent for we, like David, are always and forever loved by God.


Adapted from a reflection written on February 13, 2008.

For a blog posting on David’s faith, click on the image above or go to: http://dreamsalongtheway.blogspot.com/p/sermon-series-man-who-would-be-king.html

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Guercino: The Woman Taken in Adultery

Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri ): The Woman Taken in Adultery

2 Samuel 11 and 12 and Psalm 51

Sin and Parable – Part III

You do not delight in sacrifice or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

The damage that happens when lust takes someone over is uncountable. So many people suffer. There are more than just we two . . . just we three . . . just we four, five, six . . . Yet so many people today laugh this kind of betrayal away.

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

The anger that is manifested by all parties in an adulterous relationship is often ignored. Society tends to sympathize with the “loyal” spouse left at home when the “wayward” spouse beds another. Yet psychologists tell us that both parties are culpable, that an intimate relationship outside of marriage is a statement about that marriage. There is no truth there.  There is no honesty there. There is no one there.

Enter the word adultery into the blog search bar and explore the effects this level of betrayal have on our body, mind and soul.


Image from: https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/explore-the-collection/251-300/the-woman-taken-in-adultery/

Adapted from a reflection written on February 13, 2008.

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Encyclopedia Britannica: Sor Juana

Proverbs 5: Duplicity

Monday, July 24, 2017

In ancient cultures, the institution of marriage was an important glue that held society together; families relied on a patriarchal paradigm in which men served as leaders with women as their helpmates. Wise men realized that their service as the head of the unit did not relegate women to an opposite role at the foot. Wise men and women then and now understood – and understand – that families operate best in an atmosphere of trust, respect and dignity.

Today’s reading warns young men about the wily ways of female prostitutes, women who serve as sexual tools for those who hold power. Today, we have a better understanding of the plight of sexual slaves and in some parts of the world, sexual slavery is unacceptable, and even illegal. Not all cultures hold this standard but today’s citation reminds us that personal integrity is a hallmark of solid Christian living.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a Mexican Carmelite who wrote the famous piece, Hombres necios, or Stupid Men, points out the hypocrisy of men who both seek and scorn women as prostitutes. More about her life work is worth exploring at: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sor-Juana-Ines-de-la-Cruz The influence of this cloistered nun was felt in Baroque-age Mexico and Spain as she interacted with scholars, leaders, and other poets. Like Lady Wisdom, Sor Juana points to the way of integrity and honesty despite the environment of hypocrisy surrounding her. Like Lady Wisdom, Sor Juana is not afraid to speak truth to those who enjoy duplicity.

For the Spanish and English versions of Sor Juana’s poem, visit: https://zocalopoets.com/2012/07/11/sister-juana-ines-de-la-cruz-stupid-conceited-men-hombres-necios/

Comparing various translations of these verses, we re-examine the problem of duplicity.

 

 

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