COCU11B.Epiphany 3B

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
God sends Jonah to Nineveh for a second time, and Jonah obeys. He preaches that God is going to judge and destroy the city, but the people repent, and so God decides not to do it.
Psalm 62:5-12
An exhortation to wait on God and trust God as our refuge and salvation. Wealth, whether stolen, extorted or simply increasing, does not provide the security that God does, for God, in God’s mercy, gives rewards.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
The world as we know it is not going to last, so we must take care not to depend on the things, the people or the experiences of this world.
Mark 1:14-20
After John the Baptiser is imprisoned, Jesus begins his ministry preaching that God’s reign has arrived and that people should repent and believe it. Then he calls Peter and Andrew, fisherman, to be “fishers of people”, and shortly after, he sees James and John and calls them too.
(All summaries of Bible readings from John van de Laar, Sacredise)

A reflection based on Psalm 62.5-12
Beloved, for you my soul waits in silence.
My hope is hidden in your silence.
Life of my living, you are my earth.
You are what cannot be taken.
In the gravity of your grace I rest.
In your silence is my deep belonging.

I trust in you, Holy One.
I pour myself into your hands,
into this light, my resting place.

Rich or poor mean nothing;
they are an illusion.
I abandon my little “happy” and “sad.”
They are both lint.
Do I catch myself trying to gain?
Ah, ignore all that fool’s gold.
Ignore it. Let it go.

I keep hearing this in the silence;
the silence says it over and over:
the only power is Love,
and love, all love, is God.

Beloved, you live, you speak, you resound
in all we do.
(Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

Sea of my travels, sacred margin,
womb of hidden surpassingness,
receiver of my drowning
wash me, bear me, feed me.

Freewheeling One, Heaven’s Rogue,
Fish of divine slipperiness,
source of anointed diversions,
you who swallow me whole,
hold me in your darkness, keep me in your guts.

Risen One, Loving Confounder
you who set me always to another side,
to unexplained revisions,
to miracles born of uselessness
disorient me, re-imagine me, birth me.
(Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)

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