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

The Promise Land?  Why have you abandoned me?

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

Giving EVERYTHING up, connected to the Land?  

Kid stories? The Culture.  In the crisis of modernity, reaching puberty.  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?  Named Moses.  

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  Culture of The Temple.

The KNOWING. The Boy in the Temple. Twenty years later.   With a certain missing power, living in an occupied land.  Under the Romans.  In their Empire.  

Before the joy turns to sorrow, did you count the Temple in all your Joyful Mysteries?  The SECOND Temple.  Under the Romans. 

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.  In giving birth to something.  After giving up, just like Moses, the Land of his origin?

LINK: Simeon's Song of Praise

Coming back. A different way?

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

The Pharaoh.  One of those KINGS.  Essentially, Moses adopted father.  With the concern over Spirit in the Land. The Guardian, of Empire!  To rule over, like a CULTURE.  Presence. To light, through an Invisible Presence.  Consciousness, with so little thought.  To guide, automatically.  Like Lot.  In a place where everyone thought alike.  The mob in the story.  The Angel, moving The Chosen out of the Land.  The first time.  Contrast Sodom.  Different than in Sodom, this Judah.   Looking forward, not back!  The attempt, never personally destroying, in Egypt, the Pyramid/ The Temple – these sacred places, for families, generation after generation.  

Did you comprehend The Closeness in the story.  To the Pharaoh, as some kind of sun-god.  At a time when the ruler over Church and State was not separated.  So compare/contrast the child Jesus to the child Moses, inside the Palace.  With this great access, only 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, then with these 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, the boy prince, lost, to his Mother.  The mother of the young man , “living inside the Palace” as it were, like with Elizabeth and her muted husband.  In the beginning.  

The intent.  In the gestation of Spirit.  The Fifth Mystery.   For greater Access to The MISSING.  Leading.  Living on!   With the Absolute bravery, of a prophet.  Or as a prince.  On the last day, THERE.  In The SPLITTING of the human and the Divine . . in the  sacrificing the homeland again.  Or the first time away from home, so alone.   Was there crying?  As the prince never seems to quite get his crown.  

 Where you left off?  As the words in the old story became flesh, in another Great Unsettling. Taking or Leaving the Spirit of a place called home.  From where you were left.   

Were you there? With the body? Of the uncrowned once and future king?  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 silence.   In a darkness with the solitude of Northern Minnesota, did you feel as if you were there, in the resounding echo, everlasting, of absolute love? In connecting what at first seems unconnected.  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. Taking or Leaving the Spirit of a place called home.  Did you ever connect the Last Joyful Mystery to the Last Sorrowful One?  With the wine and his blood, but a “Living Sacrifice” connecting Daily Life.  At the end, for the same type of bond, or more? For SOMETHING MORE!  

To live on!  Giving EVERYTHING up, like Abraham?  For something more!  As the words in the old story became flesh, in another 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. Connecting what at first seems unconnected in a world that seems more unconnected.  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.  

LOST?  Compare/contrast Abraham to Jesus, in the Temple.  As The Seder meal is held today in family homes not in the Temple, so hadn’t The Boy at the Temple been lost following The Days of Awe, on the holiest of days, on Yom Kippur? After hearing the story of the Great Unsettling Disestablishment of power in the reading on Rosh Hashanah, after Sarah’s firstborn son somehow survives the moment on Mount Moriah.  After The Day of Atonement! Trying, with the Right Hand of God moment, to put it all back into flesh.


POST SCRIPT: ….. and then he died.

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  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?

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    Confidentially? The needs of a community show up at The Temple. So, is The Temple public space? Or is The Temple private space?

    Whatever is happening in the world shows up at The Temple. So. overturning tables? As your own words are used against you by a cold metallic law and all the civil lawyers.

  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.

    Did you ever notice PLACE in a story? What did you even know about Judah, after the conquest of the land of Canaan, with the reconstruction in the settlement of the Judah territory allocated to the tribe, until there comes this splitting of the united Kingdom of Israel. Judah is the name used for the southern kingdom. Judah encompassed the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Simeon, with some of the cities of the Levites. After the death of Saul, all the tribes other than Judah remained loyal to the House of Saul, until David unites the kingdoms. It is the kingdom of Judah which becomes the sole Jewish state with the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel. Judah suddenly faced the non-Israelite world on its own, in need of a defining and motivating text.

    The historical core of the Hebrew Bible, composed in Jerusalem in the course of the seventh century BCE, is that text. So what is Jesus learning when he is lost at the Temple, located at a place just below the Mount of Olives?

    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. Ever since memorizing the Abraham Lincoln line delivered, about what was so self-evident, I have this reluctance to state the self-evident. Losing the family jewel, in the crown.

    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 jewel in the crown? Marrying into another family, like the Queen of Sheba’s?

    Born out of wedlock? Here legitimately? Giving up your innocence, again! Accused of “in the beauty of the lilies” treason, a crime punishable by excommunication. Who had ever been here on Earth, legitimately?

    “The story begins with Creation which, as we have seen, is the story of the acts of distinguishing one thing from another.

  3. paperlessworld on

    “In Hill Country.” The modern-day name of the mountainous southern part of Canaan-Israel is Judea, the Greek and Latin [Roman] adaptation of the name “Judah.” With this geographical framework dividing the north and the south, that northern province of Galilee, separated from Judea by the non-Jewish territory of Samaria, was decisively distinct —in history, political status, and culture— from the southern province of Judah. The natives of Judah despised their northern neighbors as country cousins for their lack of Jewish sophistication being compounded by their greater openness to Hellenistic influence. Like an Irishman in London, Galileans spoke a distinctive form of Aramaic whose slovenly consonants were the butt of Judean humor. Religiously the opinion in Judah was that Galileans were lax in their observance of proper ritual, exacerbated by the distance of Galilee from the Temple and theological leadership which was focused in Jerusalem.

    Judah encompassed the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Simeon, with some of the cities of the Levites.


    …. separating …. distinguishing..

    “The story begins with Creation which, as we have seen, is the story of the acts of distinguishing one thing from another. It ends by alluding to the most crucial distinction of all ….” -from Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost

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