Greening

The view out the window

I sit on the sofa
reading of God’s non-violent reign of love
made known and lived out by Jesus
a love taken to a cross
into the brutality of violence
taken there, even there,
to that darkest of places
because to love
is to love completely and with everything

I gaze out the window
– our small corner of beauty greening
as the spring emerges from winter’s death-like grasp

If I am beloved, and I am,
then the greening is the only true work – the beautiful work
and it is unfolding constantly, everywhere.

What I am reading:
“Then, when he sees the Spirit of God rest on Jesus, John the Baptist knows that the Annointed One has appeared.  But as he points people to Jesus and starts to ‘decrease’ he begins to have his doubts.  This Jesus isn’t organising a non-violent overthrow of the empire for the sake of Yahweh.  “Perhaps I am wrong,” John thinks.  After Herod arrests him, John sends out two messengers to inquire once and for all if Jesus is really the one sent from God.
Shortly before the king executes him, John gets his answer:
‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the lind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.  And, blkessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” (Luke 7:22)
The Baptist dies in prison knowing that the revolution of Gd has come – and in much greater ways that he could ever imagine.  Jesus has started a permanent revolution of transforming nonviolence.  Indeed, the reign of God is breaking through here and now.”  John Dear Jesus the Rebel p7

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