Monday, September 22, 2014

A Sin of Omission

You may not rewrite the Bible.
you may disagree with a passage,
you may question its applicability,
but you may not remove it.

Biblical scholars are always careful
to footnote the provenance of a
questionable story such as the meeting
of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well.

But they never say something
was never written or never said;
that someone must have added
it at a later time for selfish reasons.

We react negatively to a passage
that is ludicrous in our time,
such as Paul's admonition to women
to keep veiled and silent in church.

Therefore, that particular segment
is omitted from the daily lectionary
of The Episcopal Church in the
1979 Book of Common Prayer.

All of Romans is read daily in the
Year One except verses 26 and 27
of Chapter One, which details sins
deserving the Wrath of God..

In the 1928 Book of Common Prayer,
only the first half of Romans One
is accessed, leaving the Wrath of God
prevented from harming delicate sensibilities.

Thus we must conclude that
sins of omission are perpetrated
by the pious souls who decide for us
what we may read from the bible.