They were all so amazed that they kept asking each other, “What is this? What is this, a new kind of teaching? He gives his commands with authority even to the foul spirits, and they obey him!”
Whaa . . . Well I’ll be a monkey’s cousin Just when I thought all settled law got graced certainty got cracked resignation got pricked circumference got expanded So . . . We’re not done yet Thinking caps to the fore common sense is not primary inertia is for physics experience is generative givens aren’t Now . . . Questions re-abound Response Abounds the more intersections are exponential twinkles are for eyes it is time to laugh again be ready to laugh again
By what authority would you chose to connect the word “authority” with “teaching” or with “command”. This word is a pivoting place.
Are we still battling the scribes and so authority further distinguishes what has begun rather than what is being carried on? Is this an expression of freedom to have agency when confronting breakages of spirit or plain old bullies?
When this question is resolved in favor of action being where authority lies, we can better see “teaching” here as a passive event or as a “doctrine”.
People might well ask if this episode reflects a new thought. It doesn’t. The newness here is in applying a creation-long learning, leaning, and bending toward mercy in a larger context than any current moment is ready to acknowledge.
In the disruptive work of Love Prevails we find that authority is usually connected with order. Order is a most prized teaching of an institution and where it runs into its first barrier against beginning again or returning to the energy of a movement. When a new application of an old teaching begins to take hold, an early response is “we don’t do it that way”.
This institutional convulsion of the people is as strong as that of the person here whose spirit has become clean, new. A difference is that an institutional church is stuck convulsing without entering into the urgency of another beginning.