Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of the First Week of Lent: Year2
Morning, Psalm 45; Evening, Psalm 47 and 48;
Genesis 37:12-24; 1st Corinthians 1:20 to 31; Mark 1:14 to 28:
“They said to one another, ‘Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” (Genesis 37:19 and 20)
I think an apology is in order here. The devastating situation in Ukraine dominates the lens through which I read the Daily Office. Ukraine too, dreams of freedom, real freedom as we did when we first formed.
Today we have the brothers of Joseph wanting to kill him, their youngest brother. To me it is like big brother Russian government wanting to kill Ukraine. Of course, this Bible story will lead to Joseph being their salvation. Maybe the same will happen with Ukraine and Russia. Only God knows.
I have listened to President Zelenskyy ask for help, and not get it. I am ashamed of the way we are acting, or rather, our inaction. We rest in our fear of what “could” happen, Ukraine doesn’t have that luxury, they are in it with no choice at all. I personally don’t think we have a choice either. It will be Egypt that will save Joseph who will then save his brothers. Who is Ukraine’s Egypt today? Fear should not be a deterrent . Again, apologies.
How is your Lent going? I am in great misery due to world events. I pray for God’s intervention through those of us who believe and care for those who are weaker than we are. Perhaps God is trying to work God’s purposes out through us, if we would only listen and respond, fear, notwithstanding.
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