Daily Office Readings for Monday of the Last Week of Epiphany: Year 1
Morning, Psalm 25; Evening, Psalms 9 and 15;
Deuteronomy 6:10 to15; Hebrews 1:1to14; John 1:1to18:
“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. (Hebrews 1:1 and 2); and; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.” (John 1: 1 to 3)
These two openings of our Hebrews Scripture and, the Gospel of John readings, seem to be making the same point; God Incarnate brought all things, and life itself, into being and sustains it. This Holy Presence of God on earth we Christians call Jesus.
All of the Abraham faiths will agree that God, Creator of all that is, has the ability to come to us as one of us. So the question is not about the ability of God to do such an act but whether or not God actually did. We Christians believe that not only God can, but that God did. God came to us as one of us. This Jesus, that part of God through whom all things were made, proclaimed peace and the promise of eternal life to all who believed in God and that God did this wonderful deed.
This power of belief is our human connection to that heavenly place that will grasp us by our belief and swoop us away to that eternal heavenly place at our mortal death. Why? Because God keeps God’s promises. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16) It all makes so much divine sense.
Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine, Turkey and Syria.
As we listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John