He made no answer

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         

         

         The high priest asked, “Have you no answer?
         What is it that they testify against you?”
         But he was silent and did not answer.
         …
         Jesus made no further reply,
         so that Pilate was amazed.

                  —Mark 14.60-61, 15.5

         

God says nothing.

Our insistence
on answers and explanations
is not prayer.
The Judge interrogates,
and quivers in anger.
But God is still,
offering gently what cannot be said.
(Only by a long listening
without demand
can we begin to see.)

God is silenced.
Our official language
does not admit his voice,
or those of his Beloved.
(Only without judgment
can we begin to hear.)

The innocent are as silent as God.
They have no words;
their goodness is beyond them.
(Only in silence
without knowing
can we begin to know.)

This is God’s fair warning,
that she will not defend herself from us.

         

         

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

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Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

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