The Battle

 

I went downtown to help a friend get a collared clergy shirt.  He spoke a little English even though his first language is French.  He had come from Rome for a Holy Convocation.  I was overwhelmed by the number of icons, so many little plastic Jesuses and Him still hanging on the cross.  “Iconoclast……….the battle is real.”  I doubt that he knew what I said.  I started to weep wondering what Jesus would have thought of the things I was seeing in the shop.  Would He have taken a whip out?

I felt like Paul in Ephesus when he rebuked the god Artemis and the idol makers set the people against him.  I told my friend I felt like Paul in Ephesus but I doubt that he understood what I was saying. I hardly knew myself.  I walked around the shop while my friend tried on the clergy shirt.  What I was seeing was big business all over the world.  On the shelf was a single crown of thorns and I questioned if this is what Jesus died for.

More than a savior

Jesus wants to be your LORD

And His will be done
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dVerse prompt to write in haibun form

The Battle

Wheat and Tare

Jesus said

Let the two grow together

The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man

The field is the world

And the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom

This was a kingdom of heaven parable used by Jesus to teach the message of His kingdom.  The disciples asked if He would teach them further about the parable of the weeds in the field.  They wanted to know more about how they could spot the tare, the weed.  Perhaps they were confused about what could be discerned among themselves for you know that sometimes they argued and wanted to know who was the greater of them.  Perhaps they wanted to understand better how it was possible that they should let an enemy be amongst them for you know that Judas was there too.  These weeds would have to be removed at harvest so how will this be possible?

Jesus said

The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend

Now perhaps the disciples put away all of their offense and began to see the harvest as it was and not what they had wanted it to be.
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dVerse prompt to see what is outside the window and Jesus’s parable of The Wheat and the Tare

Wheat and Tare

Eye

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made them both.  Proverbs 20:12

perception of the eye

not just what it sees

optical illusions trick of the eye

paralex vision 

nearsighted

perception of the eye

what is there that is not seen

yet it is clear

knowing the invisible

God’s eye

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NaPoWriMo prompt from Theodore Roethke poem In a Dark Time – “In a dark time, the eye begins to see…….”

Eye