What to Preach?

The Lectionary scriptures are a start,
and in the newer testament, the word
of Jesus burns and leaves a scar: the heart
is moved, the mind is taught. The acts of God,
the miracles, may be hard to believe,
but are (in fast close-up) no stranger than
from vine to wine, from seed to bread, from eve
to dawn, that I see every day. And when
the older testament is read, I hear
the call to love my foes, to greet the new,
the alien with cheer, to feed the poor:
all lessons good and clear–but hard to do…

The Preacher may well be afraid to say it,
but don’t blame failure on the Holy Spirit!

[With thanks to Douglas John Hall]

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