Tuesday, December 19, 2006
try this improvisation : throwing up [wheat and chaff]
For Sunday's mayBe Eucharist we were out on the meadow again - it's a cathedral to us, more than ever - and we were working [briefly - it was a beautiful but cold day] with the day's Gospel reading from Luke 3. This is the uncomfortable passage where John the Baptiser pictures the Messiah coming with 'winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’ Big thanks here to sarcastic lutheran Nadia who had posted something on this on her blog last week. As a result we found ourselves wondering what might be the wheat and chaff in our lives as individuals and community - and if there might be stuff that we think of as chaff which might in God's care actually be wheat [and vice versa]? For our ritual we threw our wheat and chaff [OK porridge oats and suflower seeds] into the air, saying "my wheat and chaff". Seemed to work, and left me trying to understand what my wheat and chaff might be. The pic is by forever-mayBe Steve back visiting us from Bristol.