Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 8: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 137:1-6 and Psalm 144; Evening, Psalm 104;
Numbers 24:12-25; Romans 8:18-25; Matthew 22:23-40:
“Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)
It was in this Gospel according to Matthew that we have Jesus re-interpreting the Scriptures, particularly in chapter 5. Now we have Jesus telling the Sadducees (and many of us), that they have interpreted the ancient writings incorrectly. And he informs them that they also don’t really know about the power of God.
I look at the ancient biblical writings, of mostly men, as recording their experiences with God as best they could in accordance with their very limited understanding of the planet and space and themselves. They did not always get it correct as Jesus informs this group of theologians. As an Education for Ministry (EfM) mentor and Christian Education teacher, I always explain that with God’s help, and with prayer before and after we begin our studies, we are looking for truth, not facts.
I believe God is pure goodness and merciful love. I believe God loves this fragile earth our island home and has caused all life to be good (until it is corrupted). I also believe there is a different, and holy realm that we pass on to when we expire from this life. And, as Jesus says in our Matthew reading for today, we will then be like angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:30).
I believe we will see many angels of Ukrainian origin when we reach that holy place. Let us keep them in our daily prayers.
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