Parable before the Sermon in Nazareth

At breakfast on the Sabbath morning
when he was going to preach
in his home-town synagogue,
he looked around the table
at his hovering anxious parents,
maybe a couple fragile new disciples,
the sunlight streaming in the door
reminding him of the other heritage,

and he said, “Sometimes my words
are like a deep chalice
that holds all God’s children
in their most vulnerable times,

and sometimes my words are a spoon
to stir things up,

I will save the chalice for later.”

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6 Responses to Parable before the Sermon in Nazareth

  1. Elsa Anders Cook says:

    Oh. I love this so much. Thank you, as always, for your words, Maren.

  2. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Great message – I took up the spoon decades ago, the chalice is the real challenge

  3. I love the balance and contrast – the two dimensions of his heritage, the two aspects of his intent. The brevity makes it all the more memorable, and the last line holds it all together so powerfully. Great picture too!

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