In Anne Lamott’s book Almost Everything – Notes on Hope she writes, “Paradox means you have to be able to keep two widely different ideas in your head at the same time, including me on bad days, and sometimes our fearless leaders. I would prefer bumper stickers. I really do. ‘If you lived in your heart, you’d be home now’ is all I need as a life philosophy.  But all truth really is paradox, and this turns out to be a reason for hope.  If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change, and something else about it will also be true.  So paradox is an invitation to go deeper into life, to see a bigger screen, instead of the nice, safe lower left quadrant where you see work, home and the country.  Try a wider reality, through curiosity, awareness and breathe.

The medieval German mystic Meister Eckhart said that if the soul could have known God without the world, God never would have created the world.  Paradox is an invitation to know the soul of your own cranky stubborn baby self, and of the sublime…

Jesus was a rabbi, schooled by rabbis, who thought like rabbis.  Rabbis, upon being asked a question by a disciple, usually answered with a paradoxical inquiry or a story.  This can be annoying and time-consuming for those of us looking for neat, simple answers. But truth is too wild and complex to be contained in one answer, so Jesus often responded with a question or a parable. Most parable are paradoxical in that they don’t go the ways think they will. Jesus is messing with people’s minds, paradoxically out of love, so they dig deeper into truth, where they may find themselves, and love, which is the kingdom.” (Pages 21-23)

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 13:44
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Reflection Questions:
What would your bumper sticker say?
How does Jesus “mess” with you?
What makes for kingdom living?

Prayer:  Holy God, in these difficult and trying days where the answers are not so neat do not let me give up on my searching. Let me dig a bit deeper knowing your truth will set me free. Amen.

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