Priesthood of All Believers: What are you throwing away?

Trash Art

the samaritan
trash on holy ground
discarded by the priesthood
souls left to decay

Lenten Reflection:

Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
"How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?"
-For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.-
Jesus answered and said to her,
"If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, '
you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water."
The woman said to him,
"Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
with his children and his flocks?"
Jesus answered and said to her,
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
The woman said to him,
"Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water.
"I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem."
-John 4:7-20

Thoughts:

I hardly have any thoughts today!  My biggest thoughts are about wat

trash in the living water
trash in the living water

er.  Floods, drought, sick water, dead water (Oregon), lakes, streams, rivers, oceans.  Our bodies.  Water is pervasive.  And yet we have corrupted it.  We throw trash into everything.  Sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident.  Here’s a picture from off the coast of Brazil of the ocean.  It is completely disgusting.  Taken to theology land, what are we doing to our living water?  What garbage are we polluting our souls and our Jesus and our God with?  And this doesn’t happen overnight.  It builds up from generation to generation.  How do we root out the garbage from generations ago that has continued to rot and fester?  Is it at all possible to keep the beautiful façade while discarding the trash that is at the foundation?  What do we consider to be the trash?  What if my trash is your beautiful work of art (as in the art project to the left

)?  How do we determine what has value and what does not have value?  What if it all has value?  What if beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder?  Can we be expansive enough to hold the trash and the beauty?  Can we

Trash Art
Trash Art

love the muck enough to see the potential contained in the artwork?  So many questions…  There is only one answer:  Love.  Love abounding.  Love endlessly.  Love ceaselessly.  Love inerrantly.  Love.

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