Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tuesday Lectionary leanings - picking at the crumbs in search of wisdom.
The RCL texts for the week are here
I'm on my summer holidays for the next fortnight, so am spared the burden of finding yet more to say about bread - which I have to admit is a blessing, even when you are as Eucharistically centred as I am...
So this week I guess I'd move right away from bread, to talk about - umm - wine?!
The wine of debauchery that releases all sorts of things best left enchained, versus that wine that Wisdom offers at her table, the wine that brings not intoxication and wild gibbering (which always seems unaccountably witty at the time) but maturity and insight. I love the imagery of Wisdom's palace (and might play with different interpretations of the seven pillars) her feast, complete with enticing servant girls issuing invitations - not to the wealthy but to the simple.
Perhaps you need to be simple to appreciate what is being offered...
Now where have we met that idea before...?
Or I might (though the Kings option is much longer than my congregation would comfortably endure) explore Solomon's prayer for wisdom - in fact, it seems quite a shame that we can't mix and match and use two Old Testament readings for a change.
I suspect I might struggle rather, - so blessings of wisdom and eloquence on all of you who are preaching this week.