Readings and Reflections for Saturday 19 January 2019: Epiphany

Part 1

Daily Office Readings

AM Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14); PM Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117
Isa. 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6  

Ephesians

 “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

How often have I heard the words, “Let go, and let God.”  But somehow I always think that God might not get it right.  So I go to work.  This is usually where things go from bad to worse.

Like many of us I forget that God is already at work in us.  I also forget that I am only who I am suppose to be when God is acting out in me.  So here is the thing, God can do far more than I can ask, or imagine!  I have a great imagination.  However, I must admit it’s flawed.  My imagination normally works out things to my favor, operating from my biases.

God is not about any of us for our own sake.  God calls individuals out for the welfare of the community.  God Called out Moses for the Israelites, God called out Jonah for the people of Nineveh; God called out all the prophets for the salvation of a displaced Israel.  And God in Christ Jesus called out the first apostles for the community of the Church. God is still calling us out in Christ Jesus to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine. Some ways you can tell it is God who is calling is; the call will be for the benefit of others, the call will be inconvenient, the will cost you something.  This is the way it was for Moses, for Jonah, for the prophets and for the apostles and the way it is for us today. 

 Listen for God’s call in your life. And when you hear God’s call don’t get in the way.  Allow God to use you for God’s purposes for the enhancement of the community.  Be Well.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.

Part 2

Richard Rolle (1290–1349)

Psalm 63:1-8
Romans 11:33–36
Matthew 5:43-48

Romans

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11: 36)

Paul is expressing as best he can the overwhelming magnificence of God. Our thankfulness, and thoughts, and praise should always go to God.  Richard Rolle devoted himself to the study of how to get close to God. He described four stages that one had to go through to become closer to God.  He described it as an open door, heat, song, and sweetness.

In one of his best-known works, The Fire of Love,  Rolle provides an account of his mystical experiences, which he describes as being of three kinds: a physical warmth in his body, a sense of wonderful sweetness, and a heavenly music that accompanied him as he chanted the Psalms.

I think I really identify with Richard Rolle regarding his mystical three legged stool.  In my own walk in this life I move around in my daily routine into different ways of enjoying being human.

While Rolle has his physical warmth in his body I have fitness.  I maintain a serious commitment to daily exercise that includes, pushups, squats, pull ups sit-ups dips, leg lifts and yoga.  At 70 I truly believe that I don’t quick working out because I get old, I get old because I quit working out.

Rolle has “a sense of wonderful sweetness.”  For me, this would be my pondering.  I ponder about God’s call on our lives as humans and what expectations God has for us.  Sharing this journal is part of my pondering.  I am a Spiritual Companion for several people.  When I sit with my loved ones I always inquire about their prayer life.  I ask if they journal.  This too is my wonderful sweetness.

Rolle has a “heavenly music that accompanied him as he chanted Psalms.  I too enjoy music.  I have many favorite hymns that I am learning to play on the piano and guitar.  Hymns are prayer for me.  From : “Praise to the Lord” to  “Lead Me, Guide Me” my daily walk is to the melody of some hymn. 

Put a hymn in your heart, go for a walk, and ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  Let its message guide your life.  Be Well.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.

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