Pondering for Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Wednesday after the 5th Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm 119:145-176; PM Psalm 128, 129, 130 Exod. 7:8-24; 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16

Psalm 130: 4 – 5

“I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
in his word is my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.”

These verses capture our state of being right now.  We are waiting.  We are waiting for this Covid 19 to subside. Our hope and faith and trust are in the Lord.  And we pray that God Almighty intervenes with healing and health for all, soon and very soon.

God’s Word is that He loves us, that we are created in His Image. Our very souls wait for the Lord’s action.  Our souls already know the Lord our God and our souls speak to us (if we would but listen) informing us to put all our hope in the Lord.

In the old days the watchmen were those who stayed vigilant while everybody else slept. They served as alarms if danger comes near but also they watched for the first signs of the new day. They watched for the sun. Our souls too watch for the Lord.  But the Psalmist informs us that our souls watch even more intently.  Our souls watch for the coming of the Son. Amen

Today (1 April) we remember Frederick Denison Maurice Priest, 1872

“Maurice was born in 1805 into the family of a Unitarian minister whose life was marked by intense religious controversy. Maurice studied civil law at Cambridge, but refused the degree in 1827, because, as a Dissenter, he could not subscribe to the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion. After several personal crises, however, he became an Anglican and was ordained in 1834. Soon afterwards he was appointed Professor of English Literature and History at King’s College, London, and, in 1846, to the chair of Theology.” And after some failures in his life, and “after the death of the Christian Socialist Movement in 1854, Maurice founded the Working Men’s College, and resumed teaching at Queen’s College, London. Maurice awakened Anglicanism to the need for concern with the problems of society. In later years, he was honored even by former opponents. He was rector of two parishes, and was professor of Moral Theology at Cambridge from 1866 until his death.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for April 1)  For me Maurice was a principled man and priest.

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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