Pondering for Saturday, March 21, 2020

Part 1 of 2

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

Psalm 87, 90; Psalm 136 Gen. 47:27-48:7; 1 Cor. 10:1-13; Mark 7:1-23

“Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.” (Mark 7: 1-2)

We are always on notice that when the Pharisees approach our Lord Jesus that it is normally confrontational. This meeting at the beginning of Chapter 7 is no different.  However, as we live today in the throes of the Covid 19 virus the message over and over again is wash our hands and wash them often.  Our Lord Jesus will speak of the ill intent of the Pharisees attempt to discredit him.  He will also let us all know that if we are not careful there is an unholy dirt that may be in us, in our hearts and it will do much damage if it comes out against our neighbors.  He says, in effect, in this chapter that it is not what goes into a person that defiles them but rather, what is created in them and then comes out of them that defiles.

Part 2 of 2

Daily Office Readings for Thomas Cranmer Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr, 1556

Psalm 119:73 – 80;    Romans 11:13–24;    Luke 2: 25 – 35

“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”  (Luke 2: 30-32)

Today we remember Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (1533 – 1556). “During the reign of Edward VI, Cranmer had a free hand in reforming the worship, doctrine, and practice of the Church. Thomas Cranmer was principally responsible for the first Book of Common Prayer of 1549, and for the second Book, in 1552. But at Edward’s death he unfortunately subscribed to the dying King’s will that the succession should go to Lady Jane Grey. For this, and also for his reforming work, he was arrested, deprived of his office and authority, and condemned by Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII by Catherine, and a staunch Roman Catholic. He was burned at the stake on March 21, 1556.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for March 21)

I share with Simeon in our Luke reading. The work of Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer has been, and continues to be “a light for revelation to all nations.”

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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