Evening Prayer: June 11th (Combo Post)

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Psalms: 25, 9, 15
Old Testament: 1 Samuel 18:5-16, 27b-30
New Testament: Acts 11:19-30
Gospel: Mark 1:29-45
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from the Rule of St. Benedict

That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons………. [The next day]in the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:32;35)

It strikes me as funny that Mark would go out of his way to mention that Jesus both healed the sick and prayed while it was evening/when it was still dark .

Night and darkness implies a hidden-ness…..something that is unseen. As I read this tonight, I think about those things we do behind the scenes…..or those people that quietly observe us and help us along the way without being obtrusive….

Maybe this passage speaks to the fact that we need the introverts and the silence as much as we need the extroverts and the labour for the kingdom…or as St. Benedict might suggest: Obedience, prayer and work. +

Evening Prayer: Jan. 27th

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Psalm: 118
Gospel: Mark 6:30-46
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a sermon of St. John the Serene St. John Chrysostom is credited with composing the Divine Liturgy, which is the standard Eucharistic liturgy  for Eastern Orthodox Churches

 

 

I think the excerpt from today’s sermon is very thought provoking:

Even though the dark shadows of evil suggestions crowd about, The Lord is my light. They can approach, but cannot prevail; they can lay siege to our heart, but cannot conquer it. Though the blindness of concupiscence assails us, again we say: The Lord is my light. For he is our strength; he gives himself to us and we give ourselves to him. Hasten to this physician while you can, or you may not be able to find him when you want him.

Knowing that the LORD is our light and our salvation (Ps. 27:1) is not always an easy thing to believe. Fear is an insidious feeling. It highlights our insecurity, our worry for the future, and makes us feel as though we are impotent.

If tonight’s readings point to anything…it’s the fact that God will take care of us…and feed us when we need it….whether that be in body mind or spirit.

One of the things that I like about John the Serene’s observations is that he doesn’t pretend fear or anxiety are passing fads. He acknowledges that they are real feelings that can sometimes overtake our lives.

The difference in the Gospel is that despair is not the end all and the be all (though it can sometimes feel that way). Death is always followed by Resurrection…..and darkness can never overcome the Light of the World who dwells within us through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit 😀 +

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