Pondering for Saturday August 3, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 12 Year 1

AM Psalm 75, 76; PM Psalm 23, 27 2 Samuel 5:22-6:11; Acts 17:16-34; Mark 8:1-10

Acts: In this Acts reading Paul is questioned about this new faith that none had heard of before.  He explains, “The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.” (Acts 17: 24 – 25)

Our parish put on a play in the summer of 2013 as a fund raiser for our fifty year celebration that was to take place in the following January 2014.  In this play I was the grumpy old grandpa.  There were several actors but the woman directing the play was not in the play.  She did control the lighting and gave us cues from off-stage. I learned that the evidence of her existence is the performance of that play.  The audience did not see her but they enjoyed her work.  That we were a success is evidenced by her efforts.  This is how we know of God. 

Paul says of God, “For In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17: 28).  Not all we humans act in accord with God’s direction.  We stray. But since we are created in God’s Image, we are the offspring of God.  We cannot see God therefore we should not try to make anything with our hands to be God’s Image.  There is a hidden Creator.  We cannot see our Creator but the Creator is evidenced by our continuing on the world stage.

We also should not substitute God for any other created thing. After all, we too are among the created. Why should one created creature honor, praise or worship another created creature or thing?

“Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.”  (Acts 17: 29)  Today we can add to Paul’s list of other created things.  We could add things like our electronic devices, position, power, other people, the value of our own importance, and of course, money.  Our assurance that these things, including ourselves, are not God is the fact that we can see them, touch them and manipulate them.  This means they are not God, nor are they a replacement for God.

Alfred Hitchcock (Director), and later Stan Lee (Writer), often made cameo appearances in their movies. I believe God did the same thing in the person of Jesus.  This is why I am glad I am a Christian.  Christianity gives me a tangible way to relate with the Unseen, a small way to begin to know the Unknown.  Thank You Jesus.

Let us ponder anew what the Almighty is directing us to do. John+

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