The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus replied, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?" The Jews answered, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God." Jesus answered, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'? If those to whom the word of God came were called 'gods' - and the scripture cannot be annulled - can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, 'I am God's Son'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.
He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, "John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true." And many believed in him there .John 10:31-42
Taking Up Stones
We can take up stones to skip them
delighting as they dance across the water
or we can take them up in anger's rage
and righteously take a life.
Our hands can embrace another tenderly
as they weep in deep loss and pain
or we can squeeze the life out of someone
whose voice we need to silence now.
As ones called the children of God
baptized into a holy family of love
stardust and ashes are we
capable of creation and destruction.
May today be the day we take up stones
to make the heavily burdened dance again
using our hands for tenderness and blessing
finding hope again in the dimming light.