In overturning the tables in the temple and reimagining Sabbath law, Jesus invites us into a new relationship to our work. Not as adherents and citizens, but as artists and co-creators.
Jesus invites us to be artists collaborating in a global masterpiece
Lent 3B | John 2:13-22
This church may have a lot of doors but you had to get to one of them. And that walk from the car or the dorm or your house in Farrington Grove was probably quiet.
Or maybe you plug in your earbuds like I do and listen to music or a podcast on your way to church. I often listen to On Being with Krista Tippet on Sunday mornings and that’s a lot like going to church. Whether she’s talking to one of the first undersea explorers who they call Her Deepness or practicing doubt with Adam Gopnik, I’m going to church when I’m going to church.
And as we explored silence last week and our deep need to listen and get bored — we ought to recognize how intertwined these two things are. My sincere apologies to all the educators in the room, but many of us who had a propensity for falling asleep in class actually are listening.and learning from you.
This is the tangle involved in teaching and learning: that teachers aren’t transmitting facts onto a blank page. They are collaborating with their students to create art. Art that is the complex firing of neurons in the brain which embed memories, spatial reasoning, analogies, and phrases that we can recall years later.
It is a co-creative exercise. It is not the mechanistic programming of a computer or even the sophisticated processing of artificial intelligence, which still requires the training of a mechanical system and the use of a massive storage unit — even if that is the quasi-living internet.
Learning isn’t brute-force memorization or storing information on a hard drive. It is co-creation. It’s making art. The teacher isn’t the artist and the student the canvas. We’re all the art called to make art.
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