Pondering for Wednesday June 12, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Proper 5

AM Psalm 72; PM Psalm 119:73-96 Deut. 31:30-32:14; 2 Cor. 11:21b-33; Luke 19:11-27

 “He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, “Do business with these until I come back.”  (Luke 19:13)

Luke’s version of giving money to people who were left in charge differs greatly from other Gospel sources of the same kind.  It also seems somewhat disjointed because there are still seven slaves unaccounted for.  Never – the –less, the point of being responsible for whatever gifts we are given is still the main teaching point.

Our job here on earth is to bear fruit.  We are to make known the presence of the heavenly kingdom all around us.  Part of the point is to be patient.  Fruit does not grow in a day.  It takes time to develop.  What we bring about may not be 10 fold or even 5 fold.  But whatever it brings, if it bears any fruit in the way of people being reconciled to God, then God is well pleased.

 Therefore, we should be compassionate with people and take care of the needy and give voice to those who have no voice.  It seems that if we use our gifts wisely we will be re-gifted again.  But if we do not, even what we have, we will lose. The message here is an old one: Do the good you can with the good you have. Amen.

Today, June 12, we also remember Enmegahbowh,  Priest and Missionary 1902

Enmegahbowh (“The One who Stands Before his People”) is the first recognized Native American priest in The Episcopal Church. (Great Cloud of Witnesses: June 12)

“Unwelcome for a time among some Ojibway groups because he warned the community at Fort Ripley about the 1862 uprising, Enmegahbowh was consistent as a man of peace, inspiring the Waubanaquot (Chief White Cloud) mission, which obtained a lasting peace between the Ojibway and the Dakota peoples.”  (Great Cloud of Witnesses: June 12) 

Enmegahbowh was led by his faith to intercede in preventing deaths among European Americans and Native Americans alike. He was not appreciated by his fellow tribesmen because of his egalitarian approach.  But Enmegahbowh was more concerned with how God would see him.  He perhaps recalled from Luke’s Gospel where it says, “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.  Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.” (Luke 6: 22-23)

And so, he put little things like skin color, language, and who was here first, aside.  He realized that God is everybody’s color, spoke all languages and is present everywhere.

“The Rev. John Johnson Enmegahbowh was born in Canada and died at White Earth on the 12th of June, 1902, at the age of 95 years.”  (Great Cloud of Witnesses: June 12)  Thank You Jesus.

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+

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