Love, sensing Self flex muscles,
Circumvents the question, takes a detour
Along a Jericho road,
A thoroughfare often taken, seldom observed.
Love stretches the story out,
Beyond expectation, beyond our trust,
Defeats its stock of righteous men,
Then surprises with a foe.
Love befriends the enemy,
Gives face and heart to the hated one.
Love helps us up the donkey's back,
Carries us safe, far from home.
Love takes flexed muscles, unflexes them,
Unwinds Self's tautly wrought syntax.
Wrong question, Love says. True question is:
Whose neighbour am I?
How is the Word of God to be read and heard? With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives. (New City Catechism)
And teach. Let us be ready:
the hands poised beneath the pages,
holding open, as in prayer;
the eyes attuned, the ears listening,
the spirit waiting,
the Spirit turning
hearts to hear and grow.
though minds are dull
and eyes may wander,
teach and hold
and store within
the mind’s recesses truths received.
Let grace unfold
in pages turned in time, absorbed,
ingested, stored in minds and souls,
ready now to grow.