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Belonging: Vulnerability & Shame
Narrative Lectionary Bible Reading
The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these
stones to become loaves of bread.’
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of
the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for
it is written,
Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written,
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
Command these stones to become bread,
Or is the devil like a vampire or wraith,
Then when Jesus finally cries out
Or is the devil a beautiful person
Then the words have to be teased apart for their harm,
But I don't think those depictions touch
The path that Jesus was beginning to see
As the saying goes, the devil is "evil" with a "d"
How is possible to respond to insults,
It's bad enough just in traffic, let alone
But because of that, love must suffer, love must
Love does not turn to strategies of violence,
And that is the glorious and difficult path of love
In a 21st century, modern, educated congregation
To do so, I would just ask,
seems to have built-in ability
and slip a cruel remark in,
I imagine the devil in this story
As if he came to me while I was
Saying "I will like you and leave you alone
Bow down and worship me,
What I'm suggesting is that Jesus' experience of the devil
Rather, the devil swept in a shame spiral
The devil may be seen to be
Compassionate wonderworker who cares for the whole world.
So Jesus cries out "Away with you, Satan".
Vulnerability and Shame
She talks about the power of vulnerability?
She says it is the fundamental
This is the great fear that
The only people who don't know shame
The way we tell ourselves about our fears is by saying:
We are misunderstood, misquoted, bad-mouthed to others
We are taken for granted, not heard,
And, we have to wait for the doctor's call
And so we numb ourselves
But, Brown points out,
For joy, gratitude, & happiness, we need vulnerability.
But the great thing is that vulnerability is not weakness.
Vulnerability is walking over the bridge
and refusing to return evil for evil
Brene Brown gives an example from our daily lives:
And then Brown asks us to think about how we feel
That is the feeling of courage.
I have another version of this.
The boy asked the girl, as a rule.
Dial a number
So by the time she actually answered,
And then (deep male voice)
Brown says that vulnerability
She says she often gets invitations to speak
We have to enter the arena of vulnerability & shame.
But, Brown says, how much worse
We want to say
Even with the possibility that the devil will show up,
This safety may be simply a place of people
It may mean seeking healing from past trauma:
There's a new book:
That title says a lot.
So we need safe places
I have struggled to learn Parker Palmer's
that say things like offer and receive welcome
And to do these over and over again,
This is what belonging to a faith community
A whole number of people who you can trust to
A group with whom you now that
That becomes an arena that's safe enough,
And then we can show up in the world
And this makes all the difference.
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