Thursday, February 26, 2009

Points for Meditation: A Table Where All Have a Name

And, as Lent gets underway, two points for meditation, from a journal entry of mine dated 30.8.95:

Lillian Smith, undated (perhaps Oct. 1957) letter to the New York Times:

"When we become mute, in the name of moderation, we slide towards barbarism with shocking rapidity" (cited in Margaret Rose Gladney, Letters of Lillian Smith: How Am I to Be Heard? [Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1993], p. 214).

+ + + + +

Marcus Borg, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (NY: Harper, 1994):

"The meals of Jesus embodied his alternative vision of an inclusive community. . . . Ultimately, the meals of Jesus are the ancestor of the Christian eucharist" (p. 56).

+ + + + +

Cyrus Cassells, "Down from the Houses of Magic," Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon, 1994):

"O grant us strength to fashion a table / Where each of us has a name."