Mark 2:1-12

As the pastor began to speak the absolution,
+++I stood up and
+++interrupted the liturgy.

“Anyone who looks into their hearts
+++and acknowledges what they find there
+++also finds the power
+++to forgive

To the woman on my right
+++I said,
+++“You can still make love
+++without your breast.”

To the man on my left,
+++“You can still sculpt
+++without your eyes.”

Lutheran church chancel

Over the uncomfortable
+++of parishioners,

I saw the pastor
+++stare at me
+++and nod.


Image: “Chancel,”  St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Mansfield, OH. This was my father’s first parish, from 1950, the year of my birth, until 1955.

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