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Daily office Readings for Sunday of Proper 12: Year 1
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me;” (Matthew 25: 40)
In Matthew, this is the separation of the sheep from the goats. It is a metaphor. In this metaphor goats represent those of us who do not see ourselves as the family of Jesus. Sheep however, are identified as members of the family of Jesus. This metaphor suggests that the real identification is one of a caring heart rather than an indifferent one. The good news is that we can be transformed from goat to sheep without harsh surgery or DNA injections. We just have to have a change of heart. This we can do if we really want to.
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Eucharistic New Testament Readings for Sunday of Proper 12: Year B
“When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself:” (John 6: 15)
Jesus will testify that he came to serve and not to be served. He also does not want to continue the failed idea of having a king even though he was also fully God. The king paradigm had to be destroyed. It was wrong when they asked for Saul to be king, and it’s wrong today. Jesus will have no part of it. Also, monarchies suggest that child heirs will be as good a ruler as were their parents. But history has shown different. The best leaders are elected from the midst of the people, and for a limited time.
God is our king. Also, God in Christ Jesus is our king. The Kingdom of God is not one of physical might but rather, of love, compassion and mercy. Love, compassion and mercy will transfer us to eternal life because they are the essence of eternal life. Mighty physical power is temporal. It will decompose and return to the nothingness from whence it came. But love, compassion and mercy are forever and without end.
Let us live to love, rather than just live to live, listening to what the Spirit is saying to, and through the saints of God, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John