Daily Office Readings for Monday of the Last Week after the Epiphany: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 25; Evening, Psalms 9 and 15;
Proverbs 27:1 to 6 and10 to 12; Philippians 2:1 to 13; John 18:15 to 18 and 25-27:
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth— a stranger, and not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:2)
This is an election year although, not a general election year. Soon, every day we will hear more and more of the rhetoric of political candidates telling us how good they are and how unfit their competitors are for that same office.
If I were running for an elected office I would want my campaign manager, or at least those who want me to run for an elected position to boast about my fitness for the office, and not myself. But this is the way of the world today. Even in the election of a Bishop for a Diocese in our Episcopal Church each candidate priest is presented with an opportunity to say how good he or she is. However, such priests do not put down their competitors, thank God . For politicians however, we encourage narcissism.
Perhaps it would be better if computers did the hard work of tabulating information and then recommend candidates best suited for election based on experience, education and history. After a short list candidates are identified, sponsors can then promote their person of choice for the office. In this way all persons interested in an elected position will have to do is do the best they can every day so that the computer collecting the information can put the best qualified person’s names forth for consideration and election.
In any case, those who want a certain person in an elected office should be the ones boasting about how their choice is best suited for the position, not the person him, or herself. We all should be doing the best we can in everyday life. While education and experience carry a lot of weight, one’s history of doing good probably is the most valuable marker of what kind of person you are.
Wait a minute! Isn’t collecting our information what God is doing now? All we have to do is the best we can every day.
A personal note: Let us continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, in Ukraine and wherever dispersed.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John