There is no ‘I’ in interpretation…wait…sorry…there are 2 of them. Which leads to the precise point of this blog – we are part of the interpretation we decide upon. We play a role and to not play that role risks an interpretation that is…well…lacking having real substance.
The most unpleasant interpretations involve us not having elaborated on the teaching we are reading – there is no ‘I’ in the Nterpretaton (doesn’t look right does it?). Basically, we are removed from the equation and no matter what our experiences – they have no bearing on the meaning of the teachings of God…but someone has to decide what it means don’t they?
I tend to think, and call me crazy, we are all involved in what we read and the meanings thereof. You cannot remove yourself from the interpretation – actually – you are the interpretation. Say it with me ‘I am the interpretation’ (uh oh – he just used an ‘I am’ statement – I am only speaking in the 1st person and metaphorically).
What do I mean – ‘you are the interpretation’? It’s easy – you decide what the words of God mean to you and how they will look when ‘applied’ in your life. God does not decide that for you – God is into delegating this responsibility onto us – we have a mind and the ability to ‘use it’ (some would say ‘you are created this way’).
‘Blessed are the meek’…you decide how that is going to look and what it is going to mean in your community. Maybe there is no blessing for the meek or maybe there is an over-abundance of it…either way…how are they ‘inheriting the earth’ and ‘how does this look to you’? ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’…maybe there is room for action towards the under-classed in your community – then again – maybe there is no concern for their plight. You decide this one.
They may be ‘true’, they may be ‘the way’, and they may even be ‘life’ – but they are also quite ‘useless’ if not applied/used. You don’t build a house by thinking about it – you develop the plans and put in the ‘work’. Not every house is the same either – thank God – and we all elaborate a little bit on how we want the house to look. But we are involved in the meaning of it all (call it our interaction with the fingertips of the Divine).
May our mansions be based solely on the way we developed our foundations – upon the work we’ve committed to our house standing…this is my simple prayer.