Bible Workbench: Proper 10, July 12, 2009

Text: Mark 6:14-29

Reading Between the Lines:

What or whom in your life have you, like Herod beheaded?  At whose beckoning – your own, a parent’s, a teacher’s, an employer’s, a friend’s – did the beheading occur?  How does the beheaded one continue to haunt your dreams, to show up in your conversations and fantasies, and in the drivers’ seats of cars that you pass on the road?  What is the guilt that keeps you defensive and tied to the one you thought you had killed off so long ago?  What is the message this headless horseman is trying to deliver?  What might happen if, rather than running, evading, or having another glass of wine, you simply turned and looked this ghost in the eye?

– Kathie Collins

Art in the Christian Tradition from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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