Pondering for Friday, November 8, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Friday of Proper 26 Year 1

AM Psalm 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; PM Psalm 73  Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36; Rev. 15:1-8; Matt. 14:13-21

Psalm 73:16 & 17

16 When I tried to understand these things, *
it was too hard for me;
17 Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
and discerned the end of the wicked.

We should really want you to feel the love of Jesus as it is intended to be. We can’t understand some things.  We just have to trust, trust in the love of God and the mystery of the sacraments.  

I was never one who went to church. I did attend a Catholic school when I was young and that experience made a lasting impression on me.  I was absolutely convinced that the Sisters and the Priest talked directly to God Almighty, and God to them, about me. 

Years later, and at a very difficult time in my life I asked to see a priest. My friend and co-worker said he would take me to see his priest. I reminded him that he was not Catholic.  He said you don’t have to be Catholic to be a priest.  And now, here I am myself, an Episcopal priest. Yes, God has a sense of humor.

When I entered the Sanctuary of St Anne’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee way back then, life changed for me.  The smells, the beauty of the place, the very presence of prayer and worship filled my soul.  I knew right then that church, this church,  was the element that was missing in my life.  So I committed myself to Church and have been a faithful attendant ever since.  So, the Psalmist was right when he said, “When I tried to understand these things, it was too hard for me; until I entered the sanctuary of God.

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

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