Rev. Craig Wiggins (San Francisco, CA) speaks up!
Fourth Sunday in Trinity Tide June 21, 2015 Mark 4: 1 – 25
When two people engage in conversation and a third person enters in, the dynamics change. Sometimes radically. Where the conversation has gone back and forth between two poles, a third person can bring a positive form of tension, challenging what has been established, pointing towards what can emerge. The established positions, on the other hand, can offer a firm foundation for what otherwise might fly off into ungrounded adventure. The new dynamics can lead to insights that change all participants in their depths.
The Father and the Son have engaged in spiritual discourse through many ages. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was turned towards God . . .” For eons this discourse took place above the heads and beyond the consciousness of most earth dwellers. Until a small group of women and men had proven themselves ready to become the bearers of a third Being. This Being, the Holy Spirit began to awaken consciousness and understanding of the eternal Word at Pentecost. Her coming to Earth has changed life on Earth to its very core.
Last Wednesday twelve people engaged in spiritual discourse on the parable of the sower as told by the Gospel of Mark, which we have just heard. A thirteenth person entered into the discourse and totally altered the course of untold lives for all time. Whatever our personal feelings about racism, gun control and related issues might be, every one of us who has taken notice of this and similar occurrences now bear responsibility to enter the discourse. As the mysteries of the Kingdom of God continue to awaken within us as individuals and within our community, we bear responsibility to bring consciousness and understanding to all events we witness. Every active prayer and thought brings light into the darkness which threatens to spread around such events as in Charleston. As we continually attempt to grasp the Spirit through our humanity, our own lives can shine with Spirit on all the ways of human souls. The light of the Spirit, carried by human beings, will shine in the darkness and the darkness will begin to comprehend it.
Yea, so be it.