Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 11: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 55; Evening, Psalms 138 and 139:1-17;
Joshua 23:1-16; Romans15:25-33; Matthew 27:11-23
“While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’” (Matthew 27:19)
We don’t have the name of the wife of Pontius Pilate but she was definitely spiritually connected with God. Many people, prophets and leaders of Israel were contacted by God via a divine dream. Jacob, Daniel, and even Joseph, the earthly father of our Lord Jesus, are just three examples. Pilate’s wife is in good company but she is not listened to.
I ponder about dreams. Scripture has shown that dreams are often used as conduits of communication by God for the purpose of doing God’s work. Dreams can be places of revelation. Pilate did not listen to his wife, perhaps it was destined to be that way, who knows? For this Matthew Gospel account it may be surprising that we even get to hear her voice. But we do and so I pray that all of us should look deeper into our dreams of revelation.
At a Christian Education session I have personally witnessed one person share a dream and another person at the table interpret what the dream could have meant. It made so much sense. For the most part I believe God’s message for us will move us closer to the will of God in good ways. Dreams are very slippery however. If we wait too long we forget the details of our dreams. It could be an important message lost. I believe the Spirit of God connects with us in some of our dreams (not all), because we stay too busy with worldly things to hear God during our waking hours. Pleasant dreams everyone.
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