Readings and Reflections for Monday 28 January 2019: Epiphany

Daily Office Readings for 28 January 2019

Part 1of 2

Mark

“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:34)

This is the story of Jesus on his way to Jairus’ home to attend to Jairus’ daughter.  And while this story begins and ends with the little girl, on the way a sick woman gives Jesus an unexpected opportunity.

She has been bleeding for 12 years.  She has tried everything and every doctor for help to no avail. Now she puts her hopes and faith in Jesus.  She self talks and says that if she could just touch his clothes she would be made well. And she was.  When Jesus approaches her about what she did, she confesses. And Jesus says to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.

So once again, God in Christ is using the faith already in us to fix us. It is amazing that God puts this faith in us from the beginning and then waits patiently until we ask for help.  Then God reaches in and activates the medicine in us to fix us.  We keep the medicine fresh by regular prayer, study and worship.  Faith not used is faith lost. 

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

Part 2 of 2

Readings for St Thomas Aquinas Priest, Friar, and Theologian (28 JAN 1274)

Psalm 119:97-104 Wisdom 7:7-14 Matthew 13:47-52

Wisdom

“Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.” (Wisdom 7”7)

In the thirteenth century, when Thomas Aquinas studied the works of  Aristotle, such study caused him grief within the church but he remained steadfast.

Aquinas framed a method of argument that still works today but it requires patience.  Aquinas insisted that we listen very closely to the other’s argument. Further, that we should listen close enough to repeat the other’s point of view using their supporting reasons.  He would teach that, until we can do this, we can’t fully refute the other’s evidence. We may even take up the other’s position.  Which I feel is an evolving process.  We shouldn’t argue just to win.  We should argue to get at the truth, and let that truth make us free.

I can remember also from Seminary that St Thomas Aquinas argued for the existence of God as the Prime Mover of all things in motion, that God is the changer of all things and yet is the Changeless One; and other such descriptors of Deity.  One professor told us that of the volumes of books by Aquinas, one little revelation of the Holy Spirit can give us far more insight into the Being of God.  So as the writer of Wisdom says, “Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.” (Wisdom 7”7)

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

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