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Gene Stecher

HJ probes life's enigma:

The leaven expands in secret (Lk 13:20-21)
The fire smolders (Thom 10)
The barren tree awaits its bloom (Lk 13:6-9)
The mustard seed splits open (Thom 20:2-4)

The lamp illuminates, (Lk 8:16)
The hidden becomes revealed, (Thom 20:2-4)
The veiled becomes unveiled. (Thom 20:2-4)

The sheep bleats happily, (Lk 15:4-6)
The coin reflects revealing light, (Lk 15:8-9)
The treasure can not hide, (Mt 13:44)
The pearl appears, (Thom 76:1-2)
The city comes into view. (Mt 5:14b)

The sower reaps a hundred fold (Mk 4:3-8)
while gathering the harvest. (Mk 4:26-29)
Look, the kingdom in our midst, (Lk 17:21)
The burdened are relieved (Thom 97:1-4)

John the Baptist converts write resurrection midrash:

Don't be a sleeping slave,
ignoring responsibility
while the master takes a trip.

Be dressed for action,
lamps alight and loins girded.
To hell with dissipation,
To hell with drunkenness,
To hell with worries.

Stand ready to receive the banquet plate
as the vultures identify
kingdom locations from the four-winds,
and the Son of Man gathers
with a 50% acceptance rate. (Mk 13:27; Lk 17:34-37)

The John Donne challenge:

Any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankind;
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee!

Gene Stecher
Chambersburg, Pa.