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    Gospel. Mk 10:46-52
    As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
    Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
    sat by the roadside begging.
    On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
    he began to cry out and say,
    “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
    And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
    But he kept calling out all the more,
    “Son of David, have pity on me.”
    Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
    So they called the blind man, saying to him,
    “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
    He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
    Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
    The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
    Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
    Immediately he received his sight
    and followed him on the way.


    I’m in DC this week re-connecting with good friends. For some reason, with all that is going on, and there really is a lot going on, we are all talking along the lines of this poem that one of them gave me.

    “The worst thing we ever did
    was put God in the sky
    out of reach
    pulling the divinity
    from the leaf,
    sifting out the holy from our bones,
    insisting God isn’t bursting dazzlement
    through everything we’ve made
    a hard commitment to see as ordinary,
    stripping the sacred from everywhere
    to put in a cloud man elsewhere,
    prying closeness from your heart.

    The worst thing we ever did
    was take the dance and the song
    out of prayer
    made it sit up straight
    and cross its legs
    removed it of rejoicing
    wiped clean its hip sway,
    its questions,
    its ecstatic yowl,
    its tears.

    The worst thing we ever did is pretend
    God isn’t the easiest thing
    in this Universe
    available to every soul
    in every breath”

    ~ Chelan Harkin, in poetry book ‘Susceptible to Light’

    Steve Karthan

    Wow! Enjoy your time in DC! Wow! Smart friends!

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