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Lent 2017: Week 6

Week 6: Stillness exercise

I am sitting under a tree in broadleaf daylight outside my brutal fraternity housing in Palo Alto, so it must be spring or summer, or, at any rate, sylvan, because I’m stretched out (no yoga for this omega man) in the accurate shade of its lovely leaves. It hasn’t rained – or, rather, it hasn’t, as Americans love me to ...

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Week 6: Gospel reading [Matt. 20]

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the ...

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Week 6: Prey

The Paschal perspective – which is to say, the Christian take on things – is not concerned about fiscal correctitude, the entrepreneurial prerogative of a paternalistic employer who feels digestively generous on a whim, or modern capital’s contaminated use of the minimum wage as a golden bar and not a bottom-line. Roman and Reform traditions in western Christianity have extrapolated ...

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Week 6: Pray

Go back to that moment in the garden. Go back to that moment when the water-sprinklers, those dirty little rubber-and-metal spigots you stub your flip-flop toe against in the scutch grass of a short-cut to the college car-park, soared in a perfect, improbable parabola of phosphorescent spray, like the whole corps de ballet in Swan Lake suddenly jetting in exhilarated ...

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