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Imagining the Lectionary: Hall of Mirrors (Proper 22B/Ordinary 27B)

(Reflection accompanying image “Hall of Mirrors”)

"He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being"
(Hebrews 1:3)
Entering into the visionary world of the gospel as lived out by Jesus resembles walking into an old-fashioned 'Hall of Mirrors' seaside attraction. In this reflective space the familiar sights of our everyday world become distorted; the sequence of rapidly shape-shifting images of ourselves which we see in one mirrored surface after another is meant to render us helpless with laughter because it is so at odds with our embodied reality and the mental image we have of self. The reflected image which stares back at us in the Hall of Mirrors is indisputably aberrant and wrong, and safely so.
This is not the real me.

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