Pondering for Monday, November 25, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 29 Year 1

AM Psalm 106:1-18; PM Psalm 106:19-48  Joel 3:1-2,9-17; 1 Pet. 1:1-12; Matt. 19:1-12

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1: 3 – 5)

The apostle Peter has surely grown from the fisherman he used to be.  I think it started in the period we call the Confession of Peter which we remember on January 18.  We get this from the Gospel of Matthew where Peter responds to our Lord Jesus’ question of who do you say that I am, “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16: 16 -17) 

This was transformative for Peter.  And later, as evidenced by the reading we have today, we see that this fisherman now shares the revelations concerning divine grace to all of us about what the Spirit of God can, and does do. Even before we get into the content of his letter we see an enlightenment that has enabled him to speak beyond his own working class history. Listen again to his opening address:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1: 3 – 5)

The closing of his opening address also gives hints of the revelation of the Holy Spirit where he says, “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look! (1 Peter 1:12)

Perhaps now more people who read my blog will be able to understand why I close each page the way I do.

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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