Weaving, sewing, care for the poor -- all springing from the love of Christ.
The first parable recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is that of the new patch on the old garment. I was surprised to see that it was first, but it makes sense: Jesus takes a situation perfectly familiar to his audience--the need to mend a worn garment--and uses it to reveal something mysterious about the kingdom of heaven.
As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: The Apostle Paul
"And if the serpent comes again / to tempt with secret truths, /hold fast your crafts, / in them you'll find a better mystery."
Let’s imagine what it would mean for our literal clothing to symbolize our commitment to justice, mercy, and delight.