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If I Give Away Everything

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

The main themes: Life.  Hovering. Spirit. Love.  It is as if your own parents once fell from the sky, as the story begins, as you mostly stay with them every step of the way. And discover something about their lives, before you.

Genesis.  The lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world is The Sea of Galilee/ Lake of Gennesaret, 700 feet below sea level.  A thriving fishing industry at the time, with 230 boats regularly working in the lake, Flavius Josephus refers to the area as having very rich soil.  The Sea of Galilee/ Lake of Gennesaret in northern Israel in the time when the Israel had been split from Judah, is the largest body of fresh water in Israel and supplies fresh water not only to Israel but also to neighboring Jordan.  As other places around the lake rose to prominence, such as Tiberias and Qasr al-Minya, the NAME of the lake has changed, but not the lake.  ‘One may call this place the ambition of Nature,’ Flavius Josephus reported.

Genesis.  The BOAT!  Central to the stories about LEAVING. In stories about leaving and coming back, feel the Restlessness.

Genesis.  [Father to son].  Two boats.  Alongside the lake, with SONS of Zebedee.  By the end of the story, like Abraham, like Ishmael, like Jacob, LEAVING …. Everything.  To give something up, in order to create spirit.  Only after having been immersed into something.

Creation.  The Things You Carry.  Gestation.  Waiting.  The INVISIBLE Culture growing, in The Waiting.  Shared Dominion.  Praying back AND forth.  The unknown in the STORY of birth and birthright.

Collecting.  Preserving.  Mothers who go along with.  The HOME.  The journey.  The antidote, so personal. . . Submitting to Birth.  The childbirth.  A generation which now has the problem with The Forever.   Born out of The SPLITTING.  Carrying on, indeed.

Life and death and carrying on, indeed.  A character named Simeon.  What is the significance of a character named Simeon?  Or the FRESH water?  Or, Simon?  [See

Behold the audience, not in the places of worship?  Behold the platform.  Giving everything up.  Giving up mostly the real estate.   It had been like allowing Henry to take over the churches of Ireland.  Coming back a different way, after Jesus had just been chased out of his very own place of worship.  At home.  

Genesis.  The BOAT!  Yes, behold the BOAT.  There is a distinct sense of place in my life which had always been asserting itself, enfolding over time, staking a claim on a people… before it is lost or overtaken.  Or just taken anyway?  After you had come to know something about a place, like the attachment that I got at home from my parents and grandparents, to share a form of secular holiness that often is directed to a home … or a neighborhood … or a city.

“… and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him… And he said to them,’Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.’ …They also asked, ‘Isn’t this the son of Joseph?’ …. he said, ‘Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.’ When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town.” 

And did you note, how after the reading from Isaiah in his hometown, Jesus became — in THE TRADITION  OF ABRAHAM, ISHMAEL, and ALL the descendants of the sons of Abraham  — homeless?  ‘For we know partially and we prophesy partially…’  So, in search of a Promise Land, Jesus chose exile. 

Did you feel the alone-ness in the story, for the son of David?  Note, while reviewing the words of Isaiah, the proclamation: ‘The Spirit of the Lord … has sent me to proclaim …. to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim….,” with the credentials of a carpenter.

While the crowd was pressing in on him and listening to the word of God, Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.  Alongside the lake, he saw two boats there; fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.

On to the next story.  Formed differently.   And as an exile, Jesus needed a platform.  

Formed to lead….. but chased out of his Temple, where he is “known,” you thought.

Coming back a different way.  Chosen.  

The followers of The Baptist.  Compare/contrast the “savior” concept to “the Messiah.”

Missing it!  Like The Resurrection.  Like Judas missed it.  The main theme here.

Missing it. The fatal flaw.  Yours.  Mine.  The Land.  Peter gave up this Holy land.  Needing a platform.  Fresh water.  A boat. T o be heard.  Two boats.  A lake. H ow awkward to preach outdoors, to whom.  On the water?  Peter and Andrew.  Brothers.  James and John.  The Lake up North. The Inferiority,  m Israel, not Judah.  To be identified with the followers of The Baptist, coming back a different way.  When a prophet is beheaded.  And then to see, a second time, your savior crucified.  After you cast your lot with both of them.

Culture.  The real world.  The stories.  The themes.  An audience.  The thing missed.  Passing along this ease…. knowing.  Out deeper.  This Identity.  Taking in vain.  Like Paul.  With the power of The Press.  The first reporter, with his own followers. You never heard anywhere near as much about followers of the Eleven who survived and left.

The water.  The sons of Zebedee.  The Transfiguration.  The Apostles who had not followed The Baptist.  Their leader, Simon.  The name.  Not quite the name at the Presentation. Simeon.  A name can change, but not the lake.   

Birthright.  The Chosen.  Coming back a different way.  In the recapture of what once happened here.  Closeness.  Stories of Relationship.  When an “Apostle” named Paul persecuted Peter, et al.   Peter, James and John, identified with the followers of The Messiah.

In Israel.  “After all, we must settle our account with the dead before we can get on with our living,” write Daniel Mendelssohn.  The beginning of bad things, in the reasons that ‘we’ left there.  Yes, in Israel, expect the unexpected.  Isn’t this where Paul martyred Stephen?

The blasphemy!  The Baptist.  This connection of water to Spirit.  The water.  This connection of water to fertility.  Saving?  The outrage to claim that The Messiah had come.  In the perspective of Paul.  What had he written before his famous Epistles?

The inheritance.  Normal.  Formed differently.  Over three years.  These three.  Yes, compare/contrast Paul to Peter.  A different way?  This different way conflict.  And so it begins, again.

Serving.  Formed to serve.  Handmaids.  Mercy.  Public life.  Formed privately, for a public life. Forgiveness, associated mostly with private life/coverups.  The preamble to a story.  The canons. “The Acts of The Apostles,” written from the perspective of the followers of Paul. T he embezzlers of Spirit.  With still the anti-Jewish proem.  The excavation still going on.  The Something beneath something else. 

Books. Taken.  Three times.  Like Ireland, like Scotland, like Wales by the British.  The preface cut out.   In seminaries, it is so often taught that the Hebrew Bible is fiction.  With too many there just out memorizing what was a stiff foreign language.

 A Culture, taken.  These so stiff chief priests, as the old paradigms were unraveling.  About The Apple.  It is the same thing that got Adam in trouble.  With Eve.  These stiff explanations, before language had evolved. In your own words…..when you never had the chance to write, much less read.  With The Culture unraveling, again.  Then, recapture.

Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, Jesus asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, Jesus said to Simon: ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’

Simon said in reply: ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing. But at your command, I will lower the nets.

When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the [both] boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and confessed: ‘Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’

For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise the partners of Simon – James and John, the sons of Zebedee. [Father to son]. Jesus said to Simon: ‘Do not be afraid!  From now on you will be catching men.

When they brought their boats to the shore, THEY LEFT EVERYTHING and followed him.