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Every Act of Creation Involves a Form of Destruction

Ghosts writers – crime writing. As a detective, you had a past burden to be on the lookout – night and day – as the son of a famed detective, with all the personal threats afterward. For the substitute — stepping in where your predecessors left off — it is not as much a question of identity to the investigator, but proving “it.” As the editor saw it, the writer’s main characters — those with human power — just missed it.  Almost all of them.

As if you never existed at all. 

To run and write down, after you have come out of the shower – maybe like having been baptized in the Jordan, which looked in Minnesota like the St. Croix as the border of Wisconsin, just too big for one religion – these Abrahamic religions – for one leader to handle. What is yours forever … so another system substitution.

With a worry about the old Cain and Abel story later. To hold something precious … rather than release.

Michelangel Overhead Jacob. First born sons. Birth rights. The guides. The tour guide and the confessional, with Wisconsin over there. Barbarism which separated one side from another – like the River Jordan? And so place in the sibling group concerning what you were born into …. the followers of Jesus, responding to not a perceived hostility but a witnessed hostility. The enforcement of not love but law.  True law, with the borders … of good and of evil. As you begin to doubt the enforcers of the law.

Leaving. The main theme of Passover, in the beginning of, is LEAVING. So this story of The Passion was another Passover story with the same theme of leaving before anyone considered what would come next – like had come next for Moses and Joshua. After a brief period for grieving, what was to come …. just before the Roman destruction of the Temple … and the followers, leaving. And the unstated but the so apparent theme was the desire to leave the cruelty of the world? So get ready. Prepare. Rid your homes of leaven. Deflate your egos, as the firstborn son of Mary is struck down, do you feel the sacrifice of God in Passover? Why the leaving except because of evil? It is because of the separation, concerning all the separations in the Creation story? And here was a forgiveness over an indifference if not apathy about the separations?

The colt. The distance…. in the story. The Presence of the colt as the future? The movement, with the colt, to get somewhere, in the scene. The arrival. The escape … the separation, through death.

Roots. The invisible force.  Like the opening line of The Round House.   “Small trees had attacked my parents’ house at the foundation.” Roots.  Looking down on others or looking up at the cruelty of the world, sacrificing the “Closest Relationship.”  A new book by Stanford historian Allyson Hobbs is about the socially constructed concept of race and racial identity.  Did you ever consider the socially constructed idea concerning religion, to move the world forward?  Freely chosen roots, by Whom?  Passing to freedom, so alone?  Or like slugger Ted Williams, with the mystery of his own roots?

Note the importance of borders in the story in a racist society, between North and South, with the exile because of racial ambiguity, about a time and a place in the land.  What about your own religious ambiguity about a real time and a real place in the land?  And this tethered colt, as the get-away vehicle, for those who “pass?” IN disguise, in order to escape discrimination, like in the United States?  Note the episode at the fire, with a comment about Peter’s accent, in The Passion Story.  Would Peter live through the night? (Men “passing” as women, just as in the character in The Good Lord Bird. ) As the community of Jews – which Jesus, Mary and Joseph all belonged – sacrificed, in the story of The Passion – just as Abraham had tried to – a son.

Whether race, color, creed, find the invisible social act in The Passion: “Passing as white” is a social act. Those who collaborated – those left behind, no longer embedded in racial identity – no longer belonging and sharing memories of a past. Locate Jewish men, passing in the story – that the New Testament calls Apostles. Speak not a word to the white child as black mother, so the world never finds out that she is black. The comparison: Insiders to outsiders, slaves to masters.

Concerning the super power of invisibility, Stanford historian Allyson Hobbs writes about the loss to those who “passed” by walking away. A larger phenomena of “passing” in history is the totality of migration to a New World. The Noveau Riche, where they do not belong…..bringing the Asian and European if not African concepts of “class” to the New World.  Note the name changes, while “Passing” as white. What is the cost of “gain” other than greater capitalistic opportunity? The sea is parted, to egalitarian elites. Note the never-ending acting by real people in this hidden practice of exile, in choosing to leave what you were born into. Looking for ghosts of the unconventional, did you know that slugger Ted Williams was a Mexican-American?  There is a darkness of loss, living in solitude — giving in to the cruelty of the world? Ted never outright told you that he was Mexican-American, because he played in an age when dark men could not play the game he loved.

The chapter. A long-unsolved crime. Cold Cases. Invisible and visible. Judas was nothing but a spy. Didn’t he feel, like Peter, the fear that all the Apostles would be tortured by the “powers that be?” And he had the age-old gift from Abraham to Isaac which came on Mount Moriah which was the gift of great restlessness. . . . . to change the world. Many think that Judas had hoped the Messiah would get involved in the political struggle that the Jews had under Roman domination. (So many modern-day Italians who admire the Romans never see that part of the story?) In a scene where so many have but one perspective of ‘MY brand,’ about ‘MY GOD,’ was it a wonder that popes in days gone by separated the domiciles of Jews, in the ghetto?  So in what I think are the words of Larry Gillick, “All human beings desire safety and security in order to KNOW what to expect — how things are supposed to work, what people are like. With a knowledge to maintain a level of order in our lives.  Sometimes, I can become so set in my ways that I develop what Ignatius (the founder of the Jesuits) would call disordered attachments to what otherwise would be good and holy things. As I become so attached to a structure, holding onto it for dear life, no longer free to allow God’s grace to enter into my life.”

And so the Passion. With the tethered colt, either stolen or ‘borrowed’ by the two Apostles but to be brought back to the rightful owner. . . later, it is assumed.  And compare the age of Isaac and the age of Jesus in the stories of Abrahamic sacrifice, with the need to leave because of the cruelty of the world … and their “admission policies.” To warn the future, in sacrifice, by the father of faith – like my friend Tim, advising his son Tom not to become a lawyer, just as Tim was?  To warn, in the perspective of Abraham about the world he had traveled, after his very first sacrifice of a homeland!  How to warn the living, with outward signs?  Through, with, in …. Sacrifice. With bonds to belong.  This change is, by the end of the story, Jesus of Nazareth is the hero for surviving for the future. . . just like Isaac, Sarah’s first born son, had. In the denounement:  ‘we’ somehow survived …this operation.  And the invisible theme throughout the mystery is about the Love of God.  To come to know, over time, the main character through the Victim in the story (which mostly is a love story).

The cold cases. Not too far from the border with Canada – where borders always protect one side from what appears to be the unmanageable other; this, it is said, is where you are able to hear at the start of a pigeon race, the sound of time flying. The aim set forth at the Dormady Academy of Private Detection, known by its neighbors as an old pigeon farm in northern Minnesota, is to find the Victim in each story.  In the beginning of, a Victim always had to let someone else describe you.  Like in any theology class, it is said that those descriptions are only as good as someone had come to know You.  Whether letting someone else describe You, or describing Yourself to the missing, through a carrier pigeon.  In a world where so many are not seeing the beauty in the Mystery, in relationship with/to others, and so many people detest pigeons.

The cold cases. Finite thinking. When everyone at Mass already knows the outcome. But before the statues get uncovered, before the Sunday morning Gospel, not too far from the border with the Red Sea, there was the difficulty for the first to arrive.  As a result, too many forget the human part of the story, as there can be so little emotion reading history.  Why can’t a narrative tell of all the emotions living through the times?  This could only be a great story if you felt the emotions in the suspense, as the writer’s tingling can become more the editor’s numbness.  Note the difficulty for the first to arrive, like in the blindness for Cain and Abel and the struggle over seemingly being finite. Whoever knew that we were all finite, in the beginning?  After all of the separations, and the conflict over who among the characters was there first, separating the unmanageable goodness from invisible evil.  The theme based upon something stolen.  Like birth right ….. or a tethered colt.  Over who among the characters was there first, there is all the difficulty for the first to arrive, asking…. “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

Passing is not …. never has been … a solitary act. The difficulty for the first to arrive. Did you perceive the darkness at the time of day?  The dispute over who was here first, long before electricity was invented.  As if goodness is described by TIME  ….. or by just one PLACE?  When a greater ease came to those who arrive later.  Over innocence … IF they conformed to the image prevalent in a community.  This identity. . . based upon innocence, lost.  The theme based upon something stolen at the command of Jesus.  With the PROMISE to bring it back later to the rightful owner.  So how does the original ending of Mark’s Gospel tie into the Book of Genesis?  Over all the splitting and separation, when the mostly male spiritual leaders thought they knew – in a community.  The original ending – in the first Gospel ever written, by Mark – involves only the female characters present at the Crucifixion.  The original ending with these invisible women involves a silence and what is presumed to be fear. . . of the Lord?  And the tie-in to the Passover Feast, with always the gift of great restlessness to change the world?  For the finite in the story, “This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight.”

Barbarism which separated one side from another, if you were willing to sacrifice your son, but without ever informing his mother? So with the theme of a purity sacrificed and a purity shared in relationship, there was the forgiveness needed for Abraham, by Sarah.  What happens to the original separation theme in Genesis, yet while forced  to choose to keep growing … in the beginning of?  Do you feel the sacrifice, or only the emotions connected to the sacrifice?  Did you ever feel the Agony – the emotions – in the Garden?  Were God’s emotions like Jacob’s as he got ready to flee, after he had stolen the birth right? 

So had Jesus stolen the birth right, like Jacob?  With the help of his mother, by way of the great coverup of a virgin birth at the time. . . from all those who, in public service, were in the business of’ ‘saving?’  Or not?  These people of Church/ Temple and State all in the business of ‘saving’, either as Roman soldiers or the chief priest?  So who to save?  When there were how many left to bury in Egypt at the time of the original Passover? 

The original ending of the original Gospel of Mark involves only the invisible female characters who might have already come to know that you had to sacrifice your purity if your bloodlines would not become extinct.  Behold these women in the story!  Behold the great coverup by way of celebration of the Passover feast of The Akedah in the sacrifice!

Like Rachel as Sarah, Jesus was a man who was expected to somehow, in his very own way, to carry the Living God of Israel further in the world, beyond the tribes and the homeland where he was born.  As growth was so much the measure of success, even when you were forced out, like in the Tree of Knowledge story, like the native-born in the story — like the North American Indians so comparable to Eve and Adam.

And so the unimaginable, the inconceivable, the unthinkable story of creation and The Passion ever since when, in the words of Picasso, every act of creation involves a form of destruction. So in the ax-to-the-frozen -sea ending, did you ever feel the displacement in the story of Jesus, with the deep feeling like a charley horse of the throat when you recognize the Post Traumatic Stress disordering sustained by his mother after your own kinsmen tried to kill you? As the Messiah was seemingly forced out, note the movement in the story of belonging which came out of a displacement in the story of Jesus. Like the women of Jerusalem in the story of The Passion, in passing on your culture with passion, I think about my grandfather’s mother who died in trying to increase the numbers, not far removed from the Great Famine, in her attempt – like either Rachel or any great prophet, for the delivery of God to the next generation – to replicate God’s greatness. And there was this affect on memory where you had witnessed the torture to the Messiah.

Deliverance.  And so that colt tethered “on which no one has ever sat,” waiting.  Waiting for the change coming.  To settle down? With a control over, the concern about… power of mostly those who you know, or those who know, something to various degrees…… or thought that they did – that what is yours forever ..never becomes precious. Men not seeing that this was a love story.  So rather than try to describe infinity, use a love story to have the invisible become visible … because of allowing someone else to describe You? With real living people.  But as in trying to too quickly read a profile, online … missing the infinity in the stories.

The strangeness of it all, after the Great Flood — A SACRIFICE! What a bizarre idea, to sacrifice the future, through a son of Abraham!  Sacrifice.  Imagine the reaction of the outsider, upon hearing the story. . . of sacrifice.  Imagine the reaction of an insider.  Hearing each other’s concern about the private lives of his sons, as if it was anyone else’s concern — as if it was anyone else’s concern in the private relationships of these men — about the depth of their relationships.  Or whether his sons, his descendants, his followers would adhere to the religious laws. . . and remain Kosher, based upon sacrifice.  Identity politics, directed at sacrifice.  The strangeness . . . saving something, with these identity labels, as the separation in brands.  The body.  The bond.  The sacrifice, for others.  The tree-like Cross.  The forever reason – sacrificed – not killed – for others.  Saving others.  People did not want them to save? And there was never a mention whether that parked tethered colt — clarified to be an ass, just like in the story of that trip to Bethlehem — had ever been returned.


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