LOST In The TEMPLE


The LOST? What had been lost. In the Great Unsettling. What that Boy in the Temple twenty years before had found lost? As the Joyful Mystery turns to SORROW.

The Promise Land?

Giving EVERYTHING up, like Abraham. For something more. Compare/contrast Passover to The Passion, or Moses to Jesus.

Giving EVERYTHING up.

Kid stories? The Culture. To be born into the established world, un-established.  In the story of ORIGIN. To disappear.

The MISSING, after or before the killing. Twenty years later.  What did you know or remember about this young man? 

With all The MISSING, after or before the killing?

For The BOND. A much more personal Bond. There is this disestablishing in order to establish what was missing.

Leading. The intent. Access to.  The thing you carry.

The MISSING.  The Mystery.  See what was missing.  The boy from Israel, after the split.  Coming to Jerusalem.  In Judah, under The Romans.  Overturning.  The Temple.

The KNOWING. The Boy in the Temple. Twenty years later.  Before the joy turns to sorrow, did you count the Temple in all your Joyful Mysteries?  The SECOND Temple.

Present stories to young kids, growing one day to be people of our Land. The MISSING. The Mystery. See what is missing. Coming back to Jerusalem. Overturning. The Temple.

Leading, moving the Chosen out of the Land. Disestablishing. Not ever personally destroying in Egypt the Pyramid/ the Temple. Only those able to carry the future.

The Spirit in the Land. The Guardian. Presence. To light. To rule. Consciousness. To guide. Lot. The Angel, moving the Chosen out of the Land. The first time. Sodom. Judah. The attempt, personally destroying in Egypt the Pyramid/ the Temple, or in Sodom.

The closeness in the story.  So compare/contrast The child Jesus to Moses, inside the Palace.  With this great access, on the Temple Mount. To the SECOND Temple, attempting to replace the first Temple, destroyed.  Before losing your access.  As a result of a simple voice crying out in the wildness, losing his head over the God of Israel. Over the SPLITTING the kingdom over the Divorce of the King of the Jews.  Herod. Disembodied, by Herod.  Jesus, with the followers of The Baptist.

Were you there? That BOY in the Temple, bothered by the SPLITTING. The great Unsettling which came out of splits, seeing and feeling what was missing.  The PLACE in the story.  Coming back to Jerusalem, with the focus always and everywhere on the SACRIFICE of the Firstborn. The everlasting focus, in the Spirit of the Land.  

Remembering. The story of who was there.  Was there crying?  Did you ever  compare/contrast The child Jesus, lost, to his Mother, living inside the Palace” as it were, with Elizabeth and her muted husband. 

The intent.  For greater Access to The MISSING.  Leading.  With the Absolute bravery, of a prophet.  On the last day, THERE.  In The SPLITTING of the human and the Divine.  Or the first time that you were away from home, so alone.   Was there crying?

Were you there? With the body? Imagine who was there for The Great Unsettling which came out of splits.  And The Unsettling quiet afterwards. The echo in comparing/contrasting Passover to The Passion.  In the darkness with the solitude of Northern Minnesota, did you feel as if you were there, in the resounding echo, everlasting, of absolute love? In the power of absolute love, so hard to understand, as you lost your first born. Like the Pharaoh had.

The LOST?  What had been lost. That Boy at the Temple, for the Passover feast.  Giving up, sacrificing mostly the homeland.  As the words in the old story became flesh, in another great Great Unsettling Disestablishment of power.  After surviving Mount Moriah.  Trying to put it all into words.  Giving up a homeland like Egypt.  And what then followed.  How to put the flesh back into words.  The wine at the Passover feast.  Changing water into wine, as his first public miracle.  Then coming back a different way than the Father.  Taking or Leaving the Spirit of a place called home.  Giving EVERYTHING up, like Abraham.  For something more.  Did you ever connect the Last Joyful Mystery to the Last Sorrowful One?  With the wine and his blood.  At the end, for the same type of bond, for more?  

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POST SCRIPT: ….. and then he died.

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#Daily Reflection Creighton Online Ministries

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3 comments so far

  1. paperlessworld on

    Did you ever see Noah, pictured with Ark. Before. Losing EVERYTHING.
    And never going back.

    Of That First Creation, before the second Creation.
    What had been lost? In the Great Unsettling.

    And your nameless daughter-in-law cried, every time thereafter it began to rain?

    Link: https://paperlessworld.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/after-the-birth-of-ishmael-the-story-of-sodom

  2. paperlessworld on

    The Second Temple was originally a rather modest structure constructed by a number of Jewish exile groups returning from Babylon. This Second Temple was completely refurbished, and the original structure was totally overhauled into the large and magnificent edifices and facades under Herod the Great.

    In a certain reversing in the prayers at Birth and death, did you note the “God alone” prayer at home, with Passover, versus the communal prayer connected to The Akedah, though through the community, but separating the women? Like not letting Sarah know….and having her stay home, from that journey to Mount Moriah. For this sacrifice. The Seder is a private prayer, in the home, in the difference between life and death, about saving that firstborn son, once that son has come along — so based upon family but inviting in the friends. During lambing season, where I lived. As one story moves to the next. After the basic human conflict begins, with Cain and Abel … over how to worship perfectly. Or over pride in worship. As one brother killed the other, over matters of worship, in the variation of a theme. Something of which Christian Churches seldom ever think, though just as worried, In the story of disestablishment, like in the state of Israel, with neighbors intent to annihilate you. For this holy land, with the variation of Christian martyrdom, connected to if not our survival, the survival of OUR God. With the Great Unsettling eggs, this year symbolic of the holiday weekend for Jews and for Christians.

    A character that sticks. To you. Here. To the Land. This time.

    Losing the family jewels. Lost in the Temple. With the separation of Church and State …. Behold the disestablishment, in the story of Leaving, with the separation …of Church and State. Did a Jew ever sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic in public schools here? Accused of treason for not singing, in a crime punishable by death? Lost in the Temple, indeed. With an old Established Church, in Judah. The meaning, with a child coming into his youth – a Coming of Age story – between the destruction of the 1st and the 2nd Temple. Behold Passover. Now what, kids? In this story of disestablishment, behold Easter. It is not the high priest who increases the value of the brands – it was the new creators, having kids. The mother, in the story, losing the family jewels?

    Born out of wedlock? Giving up your innocence, again! Accused of “in the beauty of the lilies” treason, a crime punishable by excommunication.


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