Between the Lines: Pentecost 17: Proper 23- October 9, 2011

Wall Street Bull

A statue of a bull on Wall Street. Photo courtesy of Herval.

Text: Exodus 32: 1-14

So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

I am Jewish and as a child, the boy next door was Catholic. I always felt he got the better deal because he had – in Jesus – an “image” of God that he could talk and pray to. We both said the same bedtime prayers – except I envied the fact that he knew who was “listening.” He had a statue of Jesus in his bedroom and there were pictures of Jesus hanging on walls throughout his house. All I had were figments of my imagination (who sometimes looked like Jesus) – especially since I was not allowed to mention the “J” word in my house.

If you are a Christian, imagine what it would be like to be raised or dealing daily with a “faceless” God. What changes? What doesn’t? What do you feel? What do you long for most in your relationship to this Divine presence in your life? Would you be content to live your questions and affirm your faith without a tangible image to talk to, pray to, believe in and relate to in other ways?

– Caren Goldman


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