Evening Prayer: Feast of St. Luke (Oct. 18th)-Combo Post

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Psalms: 103, 67, 96
Old Testament: Ezekiel 47:1-12, Isaiah 52:7-10
New Testament: Luke 1:1-4, Acts 1:1-8

As with each of the four gospel accounts in the Bible, Luke has its own distinct style and message when it comes to telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth. The 3rd Evangelist’s account is the book where we find some of the best known stories of the New Testament….like the parable of the Prodigal Son, the parable of the Good Samaritan and the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by Gabriel.

Throughout the entire book….there is special emphasis placed on healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, and inclusion of women and Gentiles into the covenant.

As a result of these trends, the tradition of the Church holds that Luke was a physician…..and today is typically a day when we pray for all medical personnel.

So here’s my question to you…..In what ways are you being Christ-like? How are you reaching out to the poor, the lame, and those who are wounded?

Wounds can take many forms……some are physical, some are emotional, and others are spiritual. If you saw my post earlier today, I think it’s important to recognize that sometimes wounds hit the trifecta, and drain away our very will to live. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

We are human. That means that we won’t be able to cure everything….we have to know our finite limits in terms of skill-set and talent….but each of us has the capacity to touch the life of another…. To reflect the light of the Holy Spirit and to help someone’s darkness to be a little less intimidating and scary.

Even if we think ourselves to be an insignificant flicker, for someone else we may be the beacon of hope through which they see the loving face of God.

I pray that as we move forward from this online place of prayer and reflection, we emerge with a sense and conviction that our light and warmth are worth sharing…and that we can live more each and every day in the glorious Light that Jesus provides for us, and gifts us with at our baptism. Amen. Alleluia! +

Evening Prayer: June 9th

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Psalm: 105:23-45
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from A Commentary on John’s Gospel by St. Cyril of Alexandria

Whenever the Lectionary asks us to reflect on the Good Samaritan…..I always find it difficult to comprehend the radical nature of this parable. As a Canadian who finds himself in a post-Charter context and surrounded by a fairly liberal circle of family and friends…..the issue of race or ethnicity has never been a source of conflict in my life…at least not overtly.

That’s not to say that racism is gone, or the biases that surround different nationalities don’t exist…but it’s something that I don’t personally understand.

A couple of years ago, I heard a sermon by one of the youth at St. Christopher’s in a way that touched me and blew my mind all at the same time :P.

I wish I still had access to the MP3 so I could share it; but essentially, she challenged my assumption of who the Good Samaritan is.

Normally when we think of this story, we think of someone who is in need of being rescued….someone on the margins of society we are called to help be a voice for.

Or perhaps–on the metaphorical level–we picture the God as the one picking us up…. binding our wounds, our emotional hurts and our sins with healing and love.

But what if….in this age of atheism, consumerism, and moral apathy….the robber suffering on the road…..half beaten to death….what if that person was God???

What if….instead of God saving us, we needed to save God???

I leave you tonight with that question. Feel free to leave some thoughts in the comments section below.

As always, I continue to pray with and for you as we joyfully anticipate the Feast of Pentecost. +

Evening Prayer: May 9th (Combo Post)

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Psalms: 25, 9, 15
Old Testament: Daniel 4:19-27
New Testament: 1 John 3:19-4:6
Gospel: Luke 4:14-30
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a Commentary on 1 Peter by Bede

For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor perish for ever. (Psalm 9:18)

โ€˜The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lordโ€™s favour.โ€™ (Luke 4:18-19)

Today I want to concentrate on something that often gets relegated to the after-life when–really–it should be the exact opposite.

Constantly throughout the New Testament there is talk about the Kingdom of God. It is the subject of parables, prophecy and the ethical teachings of Jesus.

A time when the oppressed are given relief, when those who are in prison are set free and all physical infirmities are healed.

In their original context, Christ was not speaking about a future time…..but declares

“Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (v. 20)

It is meant to be a present day reality. And yet, the time of God’s reign has long since been taught and preached as part of our heavenly reward after death.

Of course, this is partially true…..since we will inherit the Golden Jerusalem at the resurrection of the dead….but for some reason, Western theology confused the term Kingdom of Heaven with “the place we go when we die.”

While this might be convenient and heart-warming for most folks to accept…..it is not the reality of Christian teaching.

The kingdom of God is something that has already begun. It started with the Incarnation of Jesus into the world….and is continuing to transform our world today. ๐Ÿ™‚

In our Baptism, we are not the agents of this change…..God is ๐Ÿ˜€

*BUT* we are stewards and co-creators with our Creator….that is the ministry we were given from day one…(or day six, depending on which chapter in Genesis you’re paying attention to ;))

So the question we are left with is…….in what way are we called to proclaim the Good News and do our part to co-create that reality with our Father??? +

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