Pondering for Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday after the Second Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 5, 6  Psalm 10, 11   Exod. 15:1-21  1 Pet. 1:13-25  John 14:18-31

“Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.” (1 Peter 1: 21)

I think Peter in his first letter is correct.  It is through our Lord Jesus in whom we have come to trust in God.  Often we Christians only focus on Jesus and not on where Jesus was pointing us, that is, to the Creator of all creation. It is in the early hours that I ponder these things. “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.” (Psalm 5:3)

God is Creator, Sustainer and Maintainer.  God is everywhere and is always, and is forever.  Peter tells us that through God raising Jesus from the dead in our midst our faith and hope should be set on God, the All Mighty, invincible, God only wise.  We all should be looking to God for answers to all our problems.  God cares for us and wants us to come to God for safety and survival.

Also, today we remember Anselm, (April 21, 1109) monk, archbishop and theologian.

Anselm was born in Italy about 1033, and in 1060 he entered the monastery of Bec in Normandy to study under Stephen Lanfranc, whom he succeeded in office, first as prior of Bec, and later as Archbishop of Canterbury until his death on April 21, 1109

There is much to say about Anselm but for me, two of his most significant contributions are his explanation about who God is; he says that God is, “That than which nothing greater can be thought.”  This says that no matter how great we think God is, God is greater.

The other significant piece for me is his understanding of his own faith.  “Undergirding Anselm’s theology is a profound piety. His spirituality is best summarized in the phrase, “faith seeking understanding.” He writes, “I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order that I may understand. For this, too, I believe, that unless I first believe, I shall not understand.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for April 21)

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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