Original Posting At https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/the-paradox-of-creativity/
Here are my thoughts that will appear on the “Back Page” of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for this coming Sunday, 22 September 2019 (15th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C).
For me, there are two
paradoxes involved in the Gospel reading for today. The first involves the owner and the
manager. The owner fires the manager for
doing a bad job but praises him for what he then does. This would suggest that what the owner was
doing was wrong to begin with. But as I
have only the back page of my church’s bulletin for expressing my thoughts, I
looked at the fact that the manager was being creative in his work and that
Jesus speaks of using our creativity in a positive manner.
To be creative, one must
have a place to be a creative and a time to be creative (which are the same
requirements for regular prayer). And
therein lies the second paradox.
But the world today, just
like the world of which Jeremiah wrote, has made it very difficult to set aside
such a time and a place. So we must be
attuned to the world around us and correct those things that might distract us.
“When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: “Only stand out of my light.” Perhaps someday we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.”— John W. Gardner
We are much like Jeremiah, trying to get away
from the world but we are also hearing Paul reminding us to pray for those
involved in changing this world.
And in the end, we are like the manager, working
to correct things in this world.
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