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The Profound Miracle a Marianne Williamson Presidency Would Bring About (Sunday Homily)

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Readings for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: GN 18:20-32; PS 138: 1-8; COL 2:12-14; LK 11:1-13


Today's readings are about the role of prayer in changing consciousness. On this topic, they share with us the understandings of Abraham, the Psalmist (sometimes called David), Paul of Tarsus, John the Baptist, and Jesus himself.

As you'll see immediately below, all of the readings address changing our ideas about God from the One who punishes and kills to a merciful Father who wants us to be happy. The readings are about God's mercy towards enemies and kindness to strangers. They're about persistence, generosity, abundance, about sharing bread, eggs, and fish and about debt forgiveness. As always, in a Christian context, they explain the New World Order that Jesus called the Kingdom of God.

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In this (over-long) election season, I can't help but make the connection between those readings about prayer and its mind-changing power on the one hand, and the candidacy of Marianne Williamson on the other. That's because Marianne is the most prayerful spiritual leader I've come across in my lifetime of engagement with theology and with people attempting to connect with the Reality that some still call "God." As such, Marianne's candidacy credibly promises to change world consciousness from one dominated by fear and necrophilia to one characterized by forgiveness and reverence for life. I'll explain how in a minute.


Today's Readings

However, before I get to that, here are my "translations" of today's readings about the miraculous power of prayer even as exemplified by Ms. Williamson and the great biblical figures just mentioned. Please check here to see if they coincide with your own understandings:

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GN 18: 20-32


Sheik Abraham
A product of
Bedouin violence
Comes gradually to understand
That Yahweh listens
To prayers
On behalf of
The innocent
Otherwise lost
As collateral damage
In mayhem
Inspired by
Tribal lust
For war.

PS 138: 1-8

This means that
God is not vengeful
But kind and truthful,
Close to the lowly
And far from the proud
Protecting his petitioners
And saving them
From those who
Would do them harm.

Col 2: 12-14

Thank you, Jesus

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For freeing us fromThe world's lie

That we are condemned
By a necrophilic God
And morbid legal system
Instead of freed
By the One
Who forgives
And offers us
An entirely new
Way of Life.


LK 11: 1-13

To get there,
Jesus taught his friends
The prayer of his mentor,
John the Baptist:
"May God's Kingdom
Come soon
With its abundant daily bread
And the same mercy
(And debt forgiveness!)
That Abraham
Came to understand."
In God's New Order,
And despite human reluctance
(And the midnight hour)
Bread, eggs and fish
Will be shared
Even with inconvenient
And rudely persistent visitors
In God's Holy Spirit
That enables it all.

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My wife and I are off to Detroit on Tuesday to attend the Debate. We'll watch it with Marianne supporters. Should be fun.

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Necrophilia? You f*cking loon. Why are all you religious fanatics obsessed with sex. Other people's sex? Get bent you f*cking perv.

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Whew! I wasn't expecting that. Sorry I offended you. My use of the term had nothing to do with sex, but with love of death -- as in worshipping the type of God both you and I evidently reject so strongly-- like the God depicted in today's Genesis reading who wanted to wipe out two entire cities for unclear reasons, while ignoring the "collateral damage." The God depicted there is less merciful than Sheik Abraham, who in the story persuades God to be more humane! Please take a look at today's first reading. The fact is, we live in a "necrophilic" culture whose "Christian" answer to everything is "kill them!" I hope that use of the term is not so offensive. (Also, if I were you, I'd click on the "Guidelines and Policies" for this website regarding "Civil Discourse.") Thanks.

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I agree fully with the suggestion to review the Guidelines for civil discourse. The poster's choice of a name strongly suggests that he/she is a troll.



I make the above statement even though I don't subscribe to the religious quotations or the reliance you place on them. To me the Bible is a major work of fiction, though we'll written, especially for the time in history that it was written. I fear that if Marianne is to rely on religious beliefs to win the election, to say nothing about receiving the nomination - "seal of approval" - from the DNC, her chances of success are virtually nill. It simply will not fly with the American voter.



Even though I am a non believer, carry on. You are deserving of respect and civility no matter how much someone disapproves of your message.




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Truth in any form does not seem to "resonate" with American voters.Guessiing that's why we have the presidential choices we end up with as well as the governance we have.

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Sad to say, but truth is quite illusive across the board, and as such is defined differently by each individual. Hence, knowing what exactly the truth is, is difficult. Everyone seems to have their own perceptions of what truth actually is.

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Good demo of your short bio, beautiful example of projection for psych majors. Thanks!

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Touche' , Dan!

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EJ, at first I hid your comment, because it is quite clearly against our policies here...but then I read the astute and level headed responses by Mike and other members to your nastiness, and WOW, this is exactly what makes me so proud of our members! Every single one of them responded to your nasty comment in a dignified way. So in honor of them, I unhid your comment, so other readers can see this thread and be as proud of all of them as I am.

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In no way am I defending the written attack. (I like sarcasm sometimes, but not name-calling and meanness)

A cursory search on the definition of necrophilia does denote a sexual attraction toward the dead....Just as pedophilia denotes sexual attraction to children beyond simple love and delight.

I don't know if 'necro' means 'death' or 'the dead.' Either way, Mike's use of the word is acceptable, but not the best choice to express his idea. It births a creepy idea; as does the idea of people or even a God who relishes, commands, and inflicts death.

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I think that sexual attraction towards death -- getting off on it -- is part and parcel of our culture's delight in violence and death. It's everywhere in an outlook that celebrates militarism, guns (with their phallic symbolism), killing and mayhem. Marcuse (Eros and Civilization) pointed that out years ago, not to mention Sigmund Freud in Civilization and Its Discontents. And a lot of it goes back to belief in a death-loving God who's prepared to delightfully torture people forever in hell's chambers. My own use of the term "necrophilia" was coined by Paulo Freire to describe the character of western colonialism vis-a-vis the global south. Yes, our culture undeniably celebrates and finds tittilating violence, torture, killing and death. Our foreign policy (cf. our border concentration camps) shows it, as do our movies and games. Sad to say: we are a morbid and necrophilic people.

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Prophets, social reformers and phillosophers since Isaiah (about 650 BC) have recognized that to change society requires a change in the "hearts and minds" of the people who make up society. Even Maurice Strong, in his 1992 Earth Charter, called for a change in the hearts and minds of humanity. This means changing the beliefs and values that people live by. Scientific materialism claims that matter is the only thing that is real, so any appeal to a soul or spirit is an appeal to something that does not exist. When this human body dies, that is the end of "me" - because all I really am is this body. There can be no afterlife in a spiritual energetic body. That is the "belief" that materialist Western culture lives by. So humans are physical beasts competing against each other in a beast kills beast struggle to acquire power, wealth and social prestige. Acquiring more material wealth, and more power over other beasts, is the "value" that materialist Western culture lives by. As long as the masses of people believe they are nothing more than physical animals pursuing their greedy individual material interests, Western society will not change. The most vicious beasts will win the battles and ascend to the heights of wealth and power, where they will impose their beast morality on all the losers beneath them. The losers will recognize themselves as inferior competitors, and accept rule by the beast "winners". Civilization - social life within mass society - is a package deal. The society's beliefs and values determine what the society believes is real and accepts as good, which determines the social and power structure that governs the society. Unless people return to believing that we also have a spiritual nature that is "higher" than our physical animal nature, no appeal to higher values will win people over to changing the society.

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Good comment, Derryl. And Marianne is all about changing consciousness in the way you reference. That's ACIM's definition of a miracle.

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Great article, Mike, thanks.

And as far-fetched as a MW presidency might appear, what I know is that the pendulum must swing both ways, and the further the occupant of the White House pushes it in the current direction, the further it must go in the opposite direction. More and more, that oscillation looks like it could include a so-called "miracle" such as a MW presidency.

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I think you're right, Meryl Ann. And I've decided to stop apologizing for supporting Marianne. I'm just hoping she'll do well in Tuesday night's debate. Peggy and I will be going to Detroit to support her. There'll be a rally, then a watch party and an after-party. This will be very interesting. While in Detroit, I want to catch up with Cenk Uygur and the TYT demo. I'll report on anything of interest.

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