Evening Prayer: Feb. 22nd

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Psalm: 124, 125, 126
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
Patristic Reading: N/A today….can’t find online copy

For my thoughts on the salt and light passage, take a look at my post from earlier this month.

One thing I can add to tonight’s passage though is that the two Great Commandments are hardly an innovation of Jesus. The exact wording is in fact embedded right in the Old Testament (Deut. 6:4 and Lev. 19:18).

What Jesus is doing here in the Sermon on the Mount is reminding the people of what they already know but have forgotten.

As has been pointed out by many commentators (including my own rector) the movement is not so much a revolution of Torah Law, but rather a return to the Spirit of the Law as opposed to the minutiae of regulations.

Hopefully the Church will take these words to heart. The institutional Church can–at times–find itself bogged down by canon law and out of a desire to be conciliatory. I suppose the question bols down to this: At what point does following the rules get in the way of following the Gospel???

Drop a line in the comment section and let me know what you think. 🙂 +

Morning Prayer: Feb. 18th

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Psalm: 102
Old Testament: Isaiah 65:17-25
New Testament: 1 Tim 5:17-22

for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. (Isaiah 65:18b-20)

This text is the source material for one of my favourite passages in the Bible. Here we have an incredible vision of the future where time and space have no restraints or meaning. That’s because we are looking at God’s conception of time.

As Psalm 90 says:

For a thousand years in Your sight are but yesterday. (Ps. 90:4)

More than that, the glory that is anticipated by Isaiah is about humanity returning to its natural state. Originally we were made to reflect the image, immortality and Glory of God. This true self was lost to us in the Fall, and restored to us by the coming of Christ into the world.

By inaugurating the Kingdom and teaching us the Good News….we live in the hope and faith that this world is not all there is. That it will be transformed into something far greater than we could ever ask or imagine.

It is by nothing that we do…….but by what God does through us. Slowly but surely God is perfecting us and making us whole so that we in turn can bring that peace, that wholeness, and that well being to all that we meet.

In reflecting the love of Christ that is within each of us….we become the hands that wipe away the tears, who embrace the lost, and let God’s compassion be shown to the world, so that we might glorify Him and He may delight in us. 😀

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