Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
- Isaiah 58:1-9
- Psalm 112:1-9
- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
- Matthew 5:13-20
What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart
conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him—
these things God has revealed to us through the spirit.
The way eludes the snare
of language. It is hard to catch the wheeling birds
scurrying up helixing stairs,
but harder still to catch the way with words.
The heart that hangs stretched and framed
is not the heart of hearts;
the way that can be named
and then defined is not the way.
The way conceals itself by being nameless.
Abundantly clear from far away,
the mountain up close fades to shades of white;
such vastness mirrors the way.
The patient, widening eye controls the night.
Eventually, patterns emerge,
defining themselves with immanent light,
suggesting a subtle demiurge
behind a shadowy veil
behind another veil on heaven’s edge
behind the tangible veil
of earth; for earth is the pattern for humanity,
then heaven for earth; and through the farthest veil,
the way spins out our destiny.
February 9, 2020