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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Reason



In service of truth
The faculty of reason
Connect, understand

Shape of the day, time
The most accurate measure
Object, movement, space

The lapse of judgement
There is madness in the wind
The way of the world

Witness the patterns
Forming clouded discernments
Push, push in labor

Words in the mist, wet
The end of the long canal
Luminous, life

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Homily – John 9:1 - 41 ©



The Gospel According to John – 2017.03.26
 
The Blind Man Healed


The blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

‘As long as the day lasts
I must carry out the work of the one who sent me;
the night will soon be here when no one can work.
As long as I am in the world
I am the light of the world.’

Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ The man himself said, ‘I am the man.’ So they said to him, ‘Then how do your eyes come to be open?’ ‘The man called Jesus’ he answered ‘made a paste, daubed my eyes with it and said to me, “Go and wash at Siloam”; so I went, and when I washed I could see.’ They asked, ‘Where is he?’ ‘I don’t know’ he answered.

  They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’ Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man. However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind and had gained his sight, without first sending for his parents and asking them, ‘Is this man really your son who you say was born blind? If so, how is it that he is now able to see?’ His parents answered, ‘We know he is our son and we know he was born blind, but we do not know how it is that he can see now, or who opened his eyes. He is old enough: let him speak for himself.’ His parents spoke like this out of fear of the Jews, who had already agreed to expel from the synagogue anyone who should acknowledge Jesus as the Christ. This was why his parents said, ‘He is old enough; ask him.’

  So the Jews again sent for the man and said to him, ‘Give glory to God! For our part, we know that this man is a sinner.’ The man answered, ‘I don’t know if he is a sinner; I only know that I was blind and now I can see.’ They said to him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’ He replied, ‘I have told you once and you wouldn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it all again? Do you want to become his disciples too?’ At this they hurled abuse at him: ‘You can be his disciple,’ they said ‘we are disciples of Moses: we know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.’ The man replied, ‘Now here is an astonishing thing! He has opened my eyes, and you don’t know where he comes from! We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but God does listen to men who are devout and do his will. Ever since the world began it is unheard of for anyone to open the eyes of a man who was born blind; if this man were not from God, he couldn’t do a thing.’ ‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!’ And they drove him away.

  Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, ‘Lord, I believe’, and worshipped him.

  Jesus said:

‘It is for judgement
that I have come into this world,
so that those without sight may see
and those with sight turn blind.’

Hearing this, some Pharisees who were present said to him, ‘We are not blind, surely?’ Jesus replied:

‘Blind? If you were,
you would not be guilty,
but since you say, “We see,”
your guilt remains.’


The Lighted Way

The intrigue in John casts pall over the best parts of the Gospel.

When the good news of the way is interwoven with internecine conflicts, legalisms, partisanship, its brightness is diminished.

We do best when keep the preaching of Jesus to this:

The way lit, I am the way, and the light of the world.

In the lighted way the blind will see, even those who have lived in perpetual darkness.

The Gospel is hope.

Any part of the Gospel that detracts from that hope, is preaching that does not originate in the Jesus. It is not a part of the lighted way.

Reject it.


4th Sunday of Lent

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Eleven, The Observers - Collected Chapters





Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 078, March 19th, 2017

Chapter One: Identification

The Continuum almost exclusively selected the Observers from among its members who had returned to consciousness, after falling into deep silence.

Those members disturbed the collective, questioning the purpose and meaning of the Continuum itself.

It was considered a benefit to them and to everyone, to send them back into the living fields of experience.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 079, March 20th, 2017

Chapter Two: Assignment

When the Continuum decided to send a member out to the Observer Corp, it effectively removed the influence of that person from the Collective.

This provided relief for the suffering of the individual, and relieved the Collective of a weight that brought down the whole.

The Continuum kept a copy of the member in stasis.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 080, March 21st, 2017

Chapter Three: Mission

The Observers left the Continuum to live ordinary lives with the people of the Empire, returning every one-hundred solar cycles to re-enter the collective consciousness, and feed both the triumphs and tragedies they had witnessed to the Continuum. This was the most intimate way by which the Collective took in what transpired throughout the galaxy. 

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 081, March 22nd, 2017

Chapter Four: Incorporation

To become an Observer meant returning to a corporeal form, to having a body. It meant living again as an organic life form on the observed world. It also meant having a mechanoid form when on the Central Planet, on returning to HomeWorld. It was a life apart from the insidious pressures of the Collective.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 082, March 23rd, 2017

Chapter Five: Watching

There are many forms of observation; satellite imaging, and measurements, audio and video recordings. These tools, among others, were utilized by the Observer Corps. However, the primary method used by the Observers themselves, was to live with people.

Direct observation conveyed the emotional realities themselves directly to the Collective.

This is what the Continuum craved.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 083, March 24th, 2017

Chapter Six: Indifference

The Observers were not entirely free agents, they were sent by the Continuum and represented its will. They were on a mission. As such, as a means of control, emotional capacities were engineered out of the Observer’s bodies. This complicated the work that they did; but spared the Continuum from being exposed to volatile disruptions.

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Day 084, March 25th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Reporting

Protocol for the Observer was simple:

Spend one hundred solar-cycles on the observed world as a member of the community.

Gather as much intimate, first-hand experience as possible.

Maintain the automated surveillance systems that fed the Continuum without cease.

Return to the Continuum, and upload the content of the unique experiences for it to consume.

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Emergence 2.0
Section Two, The Continuum

Part Eleven, The Observers

Collected Chapters

01 Identification
02 Assignment
03 Mission
04 Incorporation
05 Watching
06 Indifference
07 Reporting

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