Hope for Us All

This Sunday, we’ll read 1 Corinthians 13:11, the most famous of wedding versus, which reads:
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Far be it from me to disagree with the Holy Book, but I must have missed the road sign along my life’s journey that directed me to the bin where I put away my “childish things”—and I don’t think I’m the only one who did.

On Sunday, during our journey through musical history, we’ll experience the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the 1984 Oscar winning film Amadeus, Mozart is portrayed as a troubled, immature, sometimes even obscene genius. While the movie takes liberties, as movies do, his personal letters, full at times with cringe-worthy language and bathroom humor, show some truth in this portrayal. There is a kind of divine perfection in his compositions that leaves no doubt about his extraordinary gifts, and at the same time, he was very human.

All of us have our goodness and our badness woven into the whole that is us; our impurities mixed freely with our purity. Thankfully, miraculously even, God is more than capable of distilling something beautiful from the mess that is us. It happened for Mozart so there is hope for me, there is hope for you.

Peace,
Mark