Every Riven Thing

Every Riven Thing

Imagine the poverty of the widows in the scripture stories for the Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Without husbands or sons, sustenance and solace are elusive.

Every Riven ThingImagine the poverty of the widows in the scripture stories for the Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Without husbands or sons, sustenance and solace are elusive. Could anyone experience greater vulnerability? The widow in First Kings asks if her guilt before God has caused her loss. Isolated and bereft, she suspects severe judgment. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus manifests God’s mercy in the son’s immediate restoration to life. We experience God’s merciful presence most acutely in our brokenness. As near as our breathing and continuous as the beating of our hearts, our dear Lord upholds us in his Risen Life. Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We are called into Christ’s vulnerability to share his brokenness and God’s abiding mercy. This week, we feature an audio recording of the poet, Christian Wiman reading “Every Riven Thing.” Riven is an archaic word meaning broken and split asunder. The poet repeats “God goes belonging to every riven thing’s he’s made…” and expresses unfolding realities of God’s mercy. Read the poem and download the MP3 file at: http://www.onbeing.org/program/remembering-god/feature/every-riven-thing/4541. Please call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895) for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups.

(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)