Pondering for Saturday, July 9, 2022

Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 9:Year 2

Morning, Psalms 20 and 21:1-7; Evening, Psalm 110:1-5 and Psalms 116 and 117;

Deuteronomy,  34:1-12; Romans 10:14-21; Matthew 24:32-51:

 “But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”  (Romans 10:14 – 17)

Paul really narrows it down in his words to the Church in Rome as he moves through the logic of reason to drive home the point of “hearing the word.”  This Word is something we believers are supposed to articulate to the world in deed more than word, in order that more people might believe.  Paul repeats the word of the Prophet Isaiah as Isaiah the Prophet declares, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns” (Isaiah 52:7).  We have a Cursillo song that goes, “Our God Reigns.”  And God really does reign, indeed.

Let us always keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers.

Today I believe we, who truly believe in God through Christ Jesus, have those beautiful feet that carry us out into the world, in order to preach, in both word and deed, the Good News, (the Gospel) of God in Christ Jesus. Thank You Lord Jesus. 

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

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