Monday, May 08, 2006

the matrix, mother's day and jesus

Our scripture passages this weekend are:
Acts 8:26-40 and John 15:1-8

In John's gospel, we get this lovely image of Jesus as a vine, in which we are branches; our being and power are found in him. (Here's verse 5: I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.)

Which makes me think of a matrix. Dictionary.com defines "matrix" as: "A situation or surrounding substance within which something else originates, develops, or is contained." Jesus' vine is a sort of a matrix for us all.

Of course, matrix can also mean womb, and it comes with a decidedly feminine root word (like "matriarchal" and "maternity").

So, it seems to me that we get to celebrate Jesus' being a mothering power in the world this weekend.

In England, they call this weekend "Mothering Day," which seems pleasantly inclusive of a number of life-giving activities that I'm grateful for.

Not least of which is God's love...

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evan said...

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