| Daily Office Readings for 2 February 2019 |
AM Psalm 55; PM Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23) Isa. 51:1-8;
Gal. 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23
“Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many.” (Isaiah 51:2)
I think we Christians forget or deny the fact that we are Judeo Christians. Jesus was a Palestinian Jew. His first followers were Jews all of whom understood Abraham as their ancestral father. And what was it about Abraham that made him so special? His listened to and obeyed God. Abraham left what is now Iraq and went west following God’s leadership.
It was Abraham’s faith and obedience that God so loved and wanted to spread among all people. His was a faith so strong that he would follow God even in committing the death of his son. The Israelite people are from the tradition of Abraham whose children went down to Egypt and were later taken out by Moses. But the die of faith and belief was cast. So we pick up from Paul to the Galatians where he says, “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29)
Let us pray.
O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day, you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations by the water of Baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP p. 289)
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
I love to go a pondering #2:
What can God do and what did God do?
I ponder about God’s ability. I have understood Jews, Muslims and Christians to be children of Abraham: fine. So my question to all of us is this, Is God able to come among us as one of us? Can God be human if God wanted to? I think all faith traditions would agree that an all powerful God can do this. So the big standout concern that really separates Christians from those who came before and those who came after is “Did God Do This.” I think that whether God did or did not should not be a reason to build walls of separation dividing us. We all believe in One All Powerful God who is the Alfa and the Omega. God will do what God will do, Thanks be to God.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)