ST. PATRICK'S DAY SURMISE ON IRELAND'S PAST AND THE FUTURE
TOMORROW IN FITZROY 19.3.17

THE RELENTLESSNESS...

Consumer Culture

The idea for this poem came from one of my former students. 

We are on our last day in Cape Town, on a mission trip. We had spent a lot of time on townships, with those who had a lot less of our western materialism.

I was asking what they would and would not miss about Cape Town and then asked, "Is there anything you are not looking forward to about going home?"

"The relentlessness," she replied.

It is ever etched in my mind. That moment. Those words. It is a powerfully prophetic word to our culture.

As I preach tomorrow on Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4) I was drawn back to the poem. In Fitzroy we have have been, as a congregation, studying Rowan Williams' book Being Disciples. In the book, under the theme Love and Want, he writes, "We privilege the consumer mentality (I'll have that one) and so we fail to ask the deep questions about the direction of the desire at the root of our being."

Jesus goes right to the root of the Samaritan woman's being and fills that God shaped hole. 

 

Relentless

Advertorials of diets and fashions

Relentless

Cinematic porn of loveless passions

Relentless

Greed’s multitude of instant gratification

Relentless

The consistent pounding of temptation

The relentlessness

The relentlessness

The relentlessness.

 

I see a fracture and drift

From our wealth and my soul

Filling my deluded empty dreams

But not the God shaped hole.

 

Relentless

The constant battle of winning and loosing 

Relentless

The myth of the privilege of choosing

Relentless

The seduction of all this momentary stuff

Relentless

The addiction of never ever enough

The relentlessness

The relentlessness

The relentlessness.

 

I see a fracture and drift

From our wealth and my soul

Filling my deluded empty dreams

But not the God shaped hole.

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