Pondering for Friday, March 27, 2020

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Daily Office Readings for Friday after the 4th Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm 95 [for the Invitatory] 102; PM Psalm 107:1-32  Exod. 2:1-22; 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3; Mark 9:2-13

“He said to his daughters, “Where is he? Why did you leave the man? Invite him to break bread.”  (Exodus 2: 20)

Moses has killed an Egyptian and has been exposed by an angry Hebrew man, maybe even the same Hebrew man whom he spared the beating.  He is on the run. Just as he got in trouble for saving a man from a beating, he later defends women from harassing shepherds.  Perhaps these are the traits that God saw from the Burning Bush and called Moses near to do more work.  Just pondering.  Moses is invited to “Break Bread” in the home of Ruel and later marries his daughter (Zipporah).  Some translations say he was invited to a meal.  I like the term “Break Bread.”  I miss our own breaking of the bread during this “physical distancing” because of Covid 19. I also like and admire the courage of Moses. He continues in his way of courage even though he is on the run because of it.  God notices and will make good use of it for the benefit of the enslaved Israelites. God notices your good traits also.

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Today, March 27, we remember Charles Henry Brent Bishop of the Philippines and of Western New York, 1929.  “Charles Henry Brent was born at New Castle, Ontario, Canada, on April 9, 1862, and was educated at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Ordained priest in 1887 in Canada, he came to the United States in his first call as an assistant at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York. In 1888 he became associate rector at St. John the Evangelist in Boston, Massachusetts, with responsibility for St Augustine’s, an African American congregation. He was serving at St. Stephen’s, Boston, when, in 1901, he was elected by the House of Bishops as Missionary Bishop of the Philippines.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for March27)  Not enough room here to cover his whole story, and there is much, much more.

“Brent was also a man of prayer. One of his prayers for the mission of the Church has been included in the Book of Common Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us with your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for March27) You should Google him and read more.

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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