Pondering for Monday, October 28, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 25 Year 1

AM Psalm 41, 52; PM Psalm 44 Zech. 1:7-17; Rev. 1:4-20; Matt. 12:43-50

“And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”” (Matthew 12:49 – 50)

I really love my biological family.  I am particularly close to my brother and all my children, biological or not.  However, I have found myself most comfortable with those who share my trust in Jesus and worship with me in the Christian tradition with which I have become most contented.

I share all kinds of relationships.  I have vocational relationships in the priesthood. As Episcopal Priests we do share the same trust in Jesus.  We do share the same sense of responsibility for the spiritual welfare of parishioners.  Because of our separate parishes and actual service times that happen at the same time, we don’t share work.  It is a wonderful time whenever we can get together however. I just recently returned from a clergy conference. It was wonderful.

There are many and various vocations in which people bond with one another.  The faith of persons however, seems to make less and less difference in their relationships.  This may be a good thing in light of today’s polarization around issues of religious beliefs or even having a religious belief.

I know that for me I am way more comfortable with people who accept Jesus as God’s example of inclusive love for all people.  I have no qualms about people who believe differently than I do but they do not share the intimacy enjoyed by my spiritual family.  It is wonderful to be in the presence of a love that does not judge but loves unconditionally. What do you believe?  And, who are the people closest to you who share that belief with you?

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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