Life Bubbles Up

 

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Luke 10:41   “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.”

[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

“[Meister Eckhart suggested that] Jesus speaks Martha’s name twice, secretly signifying that Martha has two gifts to Mary’s one. Martha lived both the contemplative and the active life. … Martha’a good works in the world are not superfluous to her mystical unity with Jesus but their issue. They are what Eckhart calls the ebulitio the welling up and flowing over of the life of God within her out into the world.” (John Caputo, Hoping Against Hope, 2015, p. 77)

Meister Eckhart
Rhineland mystic
Fodder hidden from the Inquisition
Pricker of theological bubbles
Ebulitio!

Mary
sitting at the feet of Yeshua
choosing to break the boundaries
and NOT do women’s work
student-disciple
Ebulitio!

Martha, Martha
hospitality visited upon her
possessing a double gift
choosing to break the boundaries
of curiosity and prominence
cleans house and fixes meals
Ebulitio!

Yeshua
visitor in the home of Martha
accepting hospitality
choosing to break the boundaries
welcome and affirmation
bubbles up and overflows
on Mary and Martha
Ebulitio!

Mary and Martha bubble up and overflow
with the life of God
within and in the world
within and in the world
Ebulitio!

Life doesn’t just happen
Life is not shaped, managed
Life bubbles up from within God
bubbles up insistently
bubbles up into creative transformation
within and in the world
within and in the world
Ebulitio!

Life is not
sitting at the feet of a theological master
waiting for the life to come
being smarter, richer, more prominent
Life is a gift without why
within and in the world
within and in the world
Ebulitio!

Life is the evanescence of a rose
it blossoms because it blossoms
it smells sweet because it smells sweet
it dies because it dies
Ebulitio!

My life has too many whys
why I spend time with my grandchildren
why I read John Caputo
why I fly fish
why I go to church
why I drive a Prius V
why I cut my own hair
why I don’t like liver
why… why… why…
And yet
Ebulitio!

Life bubbles up
evanesces effervescently
genuinely surprises
radiates with the impossible possibility
And life bubbles up in me
and in the world
Ebulitio!

That which bubbles up
insists me
invites me
calls me
lures me
shakes me to my foundations
Ebulitio!

Shaken by the insistence
fermented by the invitation
sparkling with the call
I bubble up
I bubble up as from within God
I bubble up as God’s new presence
I bubble up as the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice
within and in the world
Ebulitio and Amen!

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