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Sabbath Day – Discerning Hospitality

January 20, 2017

This seems to be a familiar pattern for a winter Sabbath Day.

  • Took in a show at Garcia’s last night: Finder Keepers bringing the music of the Jerry Garcia Band.
  • It was warm enough to take my morning coffee on the balcony today. Then sat in the sun with a good book. Today I was reading Strangers, Gods and Monsters by Richard Kearney (about whom I wrote last week). This is the third and final volume his trilogy  “Philosophy of the Limits.”
  • At noon I took a walk in the city, got a haircut, and had a bowl of outstanding clam chowder.
  • Stopped at the grocery store to buy what I needed to make dinner. Brought it home and prepared my ‘brisket and brussels sprouts.’
  • Emptied my son’s dresser drawers, sorted his clothes (removing those he has outgrown), refolded everything and put it away.
  • Dinner with the family
  • Finished the Strangers, Gods and Monsters. which death with ethics and discernment at the liminal experiences of life. The other books in this trilogy are The God Who May Be: A Hermeneutics of Religion which develops Kearney’s post-metaphysical approach to divinity, and On Stories which demonstrates narrative as one mean of developing and sustaining oneself-as-another (the phase is Paul Ricoeur’s) as an ethical alternative to either modern egoism or nihilism. I read the God book last weekend. I will read the narrative book on the plane this weekend (I am traveling). All three explore how we exercise moral discernment in welcoming the truly unexpected Other.

I end this day with a prayer for all who are traveling this weekend for the Women’s March (including my wife), praying for their collective safety and powerful witness that women’s rights are human rights. Many more are heading to sister marches in New York City and elsewhere. Wherever you are, join in prayer for our nations from the perspective of the most threatened  communities.

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