Reading the Gospel in 2013

An Invitation

Go ahead and say it out loud,
all this lectionary year, every time:
“I am reading from the gospel of
Luke who was a Syrian.”

Luke from Syria,
this Syria, the one we read about in the papers.

Not just some Luke who floated in
from somewhere, maybe a physician,
with exquisite Greek.

Not just Luke who wrote to
some Lover-of-God, Theophilus
both the gospel and Acts …

remembering Jesus prayer-life,
tracing his genealogy back to Adam,
child of God,
alternating healings and parables
about men and women,
naming his radical preference for the poor,
insisting on forgiveness –
the kind from God,
and the kind when someone throws
a party for a runaway child.

This particular Luke
whose rendition of the beatitudes
is about the poor (not so much in spirit)
the hungry for …  yes, food,
and so on, like  this one –

Blessed are you who mourn, O Syria,
for you will be comforted.

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4 Responses to Reading the Gospel in 2013

  1. Terrific poem. And if I were leading worship now, I’d make this into a Unison Invocation!

  2. Bernadette Swanson says:

    Beautiful, Maren! Bernadette

    >>> Gifts in Open Hands 3/2/2013 2:42 AM >>>

    Maren posted: “An Invitation Go ahead and say it out loud, all this lectionary year, every time: “I am reading from the gospel of Luke who was a Syrian.” Luke from Syria, this Syria, the one we read about in the papers. Not just some Luke who floated in”

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