Pondering for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Part 1 of 2

Daily Office Readings for the Tuesday after the Third Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm 78:1-39; 78:40-72 Gen. 45:1-15; 1 Cor. 7:32-40; Mark 6:1-13

“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him.” (Mark 6:3)

Just because we know someone and their family, and our opinion of them is not favorable to us, does not mean that God is not making good use of them for a better life in the community in which that person lives. But in this case, we’re talking about God Incarnate. His community thought they knew everything about Jesus and had already decided that he was not Godly.  They were so wrong.  Besides that, God is able to use anybody to do God’s work, which includes you. 

Part 2 of 2

So today is St. Patrick’s Day!  Are you wearing something green?

Readings for St. Patrick

Psalm 96 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8  Matthew 28:16-20

“When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.”  (Matthew 28:17)

 “Patrick was born into a Christian family somewhere on the northwest coast of Britain in about 390. His grandfather had been a Christian priest and his father, Calpornius, a deacon. Calpornius was an important official in the late Roman imperial government of Britain. It was not unusual in this post-Constantinian period for such state officials to be in holy orders. When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland and forced to serve as a shepherd. When he was about twenty-one, he escaped and returned to Britain, where he was educated as a Christian. He tells us that he took holy orders as both presbyter and bishop, although no particular see is known as his at this time. A vision then called him to return to Ireland. This he did about the year 431.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for March 17)

Like our Lord Jesus who when the eleven met him after His Resurrection, “some doubted.” So too some in Ireland may have doubted that this returned person, now a bishop, was actually the escaped shepherd youth named Patrick. Humans are created by God to be made and to be made over.  If you live and learn and love, long enough, you too will be made over.  You will be better.

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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