Pondering for Thursday, July 16, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 10: Year 2

 Psalm 37:1-18; Psalm 37:19-42  Joshua 3:14-4:7Rom. 12:1-8Matt. 26:1-16

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

I think being conformed to this world means discerning what is the mind of our peers.  With the various platforms of social media we are encouraged to be tribal.  The ethos is, “either you are with me or you are against me.”  There is no gray area or middle way.

God, I believe speaking through Paul, appeals to us to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that [we] may discern what is the will of God.” I believe this requires a prayer that asks the question, “Dear God, what would you have me do today?”

As a Christian, I am so thankful that we had our Lord Jesus to model for us how we should live together.  Jesus could often be seen praying and often said that he is doing the will of the Father.  This does not mean that he did not know what the will of people were. In our Matthew reading for today we hear Jesus say exactly what the religious authorities want to do to him.  Jesus also knew those who loved him like the woman who poured costly of ointment on him. His disciples didn’t like it and complained that the money could have been given to the poor.  They were either jealous or just plain tribal.

“But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.”  (Matthew 26: 10 – 11)  Jesus set his mind on the mind of God.  He showed his disciples that there was a way to accept the woman’s deed and not be against her.  He further tells them, and us, that we will always have the poor among us.  We can honor Jesus and remember the poor. 

Every day we should ask God to show us the better way. We will always hear the way of people.  But the way of people may not be pleasing to God.  We still have Jesus with us in spirit. It doesn’t take much to ponder “Lord Jesus lead me and guide me this day that my thoughts, words and actions, may be pleasing in your sight. Thank You Lord Jesus

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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