Soundings

Want to learn more from different perspectives about our lessons? Soundings is a an opportunity for our Clergy to provide different insights into our readings and scripture. You may not always agree with the Clergy's interpretations. But that is why Soundings was created. To invite thoughtful discussion. You are welcome to email the author of each article to provide your comments. Welcome to Soundings!

The United States Welcomes You

By Father David Fisher

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Why and by whose power were you sent?
What do you see that you may wish to steal?
Why this dancing? Why do your dark bodies
Drink up all the light? What are you demanding
That we feel? Have you stolen something? Then
What is that leaping in your chest? What is
The nature of your mission? Do you seek
To offer a confession? Have you anything to do
With others brought by us to harm? Then
Why are you afraid? And why do you invade
Our night, hands raised, eyes wide, mute
As ghosts? Is there something you wish to confess?
Is this some enigmatic type of test? What if we
Fail? How and to whom do we address our appeal?
- Tracy K. Smith

Veni Creator

By Father David Fisher

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Come, Holy Spirit,
bending or not bending the grasses,
appearing or not above our heads in a tongue of flame,
at hay harvest or when they plough in the orchards or when snow
covers crippled firs in the Sierra Nevada.
I am only a man: I need visible signs.
I tire easily, building the stairway of abstraction.
Many a time I asked, you know it well, that the statue in church
lifts its hand, only once, just once, for me.
But I understand that signs must be human,
therefore call one man, anywhere on earth,
not me—after all I have some decency—
and allow me, when I look at him, to marvel at you.
- By Czeslaw Milosz (Translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Pinsky)

Morning Meditation

By Father David Fisher

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Have patience with everything / unresolved in your heart, / and try to love the questions / themselves / as if they were locked rooms / or books written in a very foreign language.

Do not search for the answers, which / could not be given to you now, / because you would not be able to live / them. / And the point is to live everything. / Live the questions now. / Perhaps then, someday far in the / future, / you will gradually, / without even noticing it, live your way / into the answer.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 10, 2020

By Father David Fisher

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 The Greek word "hodos" means any number of things. For example, it could be translated as a "way," a "road," a "journey," or "traveling" or "custom."

John Dominic Crossan writes: To media or audience questions insisting, "Yes, yes, but was he really divine," I answer again and again that, for the first as for the twenty-first century, Jesus was and is divine for those who experience in him the manifestation of God.

Focus, for a moment, on that italicized word the. To be human is to be absolutely particular, that is, absolutely relative or relatively absolute. In anything that is of supreme importance to us, be it spouse or family, hobby or passion, job or profession, language or country, there is an inevitable slippage from a to the. A beloved spouse is the most beautiful person in the world and it is considered most imprudent to wake up next to that person and note, however correctly, that, "if I had not met you, I probably would have met somebody else."

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