Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 17 (22)
By Rev. Matthew Syrdal
“There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in ﬂames of ﬁre from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on ﬁre it was not consumed… “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your shoes, for the place you are standing is holy ground.”
And we know, when Moses was told,
in the way he was told,
“Take off your shoes!” He grew pale from that simple
reminder of ﬁre in the dusty earth.
He never recovered
his complicated way of loving again
and was free to love in the same way
he felt the ﬁre licking at his heels loved him.
As if the lion earth could roar
and take him in one movement…
-all poetry excerpts from David Whyte, Fire in the Earth