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Lectionary

On a talent used, a job well done.

A couple of days ago I was walking to the office to give the first seminar of the day when the son phones me up to ask me about Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Nandralone). He’s doing a clinical placement in a rural area and was dispensing it this morning. He’s a bright lad, but more importantly, he knows that traits (such as intelligence) are without value.

Those of us who can see know that. I know plenty of people who are talented. The big question is what they are doing about it: and this drives me. I have to practice my viola more, train more. I have talents, and I need to use them for others.

For a concert, given free has a value. A beautiful garden has a value. Anything we do for good is of value. Opening a new functional gym adds value.

Good things done well have a beauty of their own: trades included. The intellectual parasites demean this. But they existed in the time of Christ as well.

John 8:12-20

12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 13Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” 14Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. 18I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” 19Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

This passage is another one that teaches on the Trinity, but that was not heard by the accusers. They were trying to find things for which he could be charged. Interestingly, they could not arrest him.

Those who judge by traits and the surface are in error. What matters is not your talents. It is what you do with them.

And those who consider that they are qualified by descent, or race, or habit? By disability or disease? They rely on the regulations of a fallen, anarcho-fascist state to have rentier power within a crumbling society.

Do not be them. Be where they are not.

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