Daily Office Readings for 11 February 2019
“John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us. But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me.” (Mark9: 38 and 39)
Often our parish will find ourselves with an unexpected opportunity. From time to time we find ourselves gifted with cans of soup or clothing or some other item needed by the less fortunate. And rather than create a new charitable program or re-invent the wheel, we will see if there is another church out there already doing this kind of work and hand off what we have to their effort. It is the same Jesus and in the same Jesus’ Name. The same should be done with an individual effort. If we see someone casting out the demons of poverty or loneliness we should find away to assist them, not compete with them.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
I am sharing my two stars. My stars each have five points. If you are just joining, you can look at previous blogs to catch the beginning.
The second point of the first star is “Love All.” This is the command of Jesus. It is not easy. Some people are really skilled at being unlovable. But we are called to love them anyway. God made us in a loving way. I love my children, all of whom are grown now, but still my babies. I have come to realize that I can love all children. I now love all the children of our parish. And have come to realize even further, that everybody is somebody’s child; and therefore, my child.
Love is something that God gave us that does not run out. We can start loving people and discover that the more we love people the more we are able to love all people. And while it is not easy for us to love all people, it is possible and it is amazing! I sometimes wonder why we are so stingy with an inexhaustible resource. It doesn’t hurt to love, in fact, it feels kind of good.
This is the second point of my first star and it requires a continuous effort to Love All.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)