STAKING YOUR CLAIM

The How and Where of Staking Our Claims

The How and Where of Staking Our Claims

Luke 4:21-30
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

In most of Jesus’ ministry
he spoke in parables
with the meaning of his statements
well cloaked behind the
assumptions and expectations
of his hearers.
Not so here.
Jesus staked his claim to
the who and what
that he was
and it
maddened/frightened/made violent
those to whom he was speaking.
By what right
did this whippersnapper
that they knew since he was a kid
claim
what he had just claimed?
What is it that we claim?
Who is it that we say we are?
What are those things
about ourselves
that we dream of in secret?
What are the claims
that our fears
keep silent?
AND,
by what right
would we
make our claim?
We all have within ourselves
a deep,
sacred,
inviolate
truth
that defines us
for who we really and truly are.
What is it?
What are the claims you make
in the dark of night
when no one sees or hears
the truth
you dare not
speak in public?
And what if you did
dare
to speak that truth?
And what if you did
dare
admit to yourself
the true power of your true nature?
What if?
If you spoke this in public
would you be
committed,
stoned,
shot,
deserted,
ridiculed,
thrown off a cliff?
And what if you were actually believed—
by yourself,
by others,
by God?
What then?
Why don’t you begin
with the question,
Can those things
I dream in secret
possibly
be true?
Do you dare to
stake your claim
on your
future,
on who you truly
are?

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