Pondering for Friday, May 22, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Friday after the 6th Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 85, 86: Psalm 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10; Eph. 2:1-10; Matt. 7:22-27

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew 7: 24)

There are many people who can recite many good quotes and prayers but often fall short of living by them.  What’s important here is not only to hear these words of Jesus and to memorize them, but to act on them, and to live by them as well.  This is what our Lord Jesus meant by “hear these words of mine and act on them.”

Memorizing creeds, covenants, quotes and prayers and saying them everyday reshapes our personality.  We will become who we preach to be. I have created two five-pointed stars for myself. The first was created in the 80’s and it goes, “Praise God, Love All, Keep Word, Live Plain and Work Hard.  I was still in the Marines when my faith moved me to frame these five points as directions for my life.  Notice that Praise God and Love All are the first two, and are the two Commandments that our Lord Jesus gave us, and that is to Love God and to love our neighbor.

The second star consists of five points that spell out the acronym DRIPP.  This represents Discipline (that I should maintain); Respect (for myself and others); Integrity (honesty in action); Prayer (always, especially Morning and Evening Prayer) and Patience (holy waiting and some quiet and alone time.)

We must hear the words of our Lord Jesus and where necessary frame them in a way that makes sense for us without losing the meanings.  And then we must act or behave in the manner that our treasured words lead us.  Only when we build our lives with a solid foundation will we be “like a wise man who built his house on rock.”  What words or phrases or covenants do you remember and live by?

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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