Morning Prayer: June 9th

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Psalm: 105:1-22
Old Testament: Ezekiel 18:1-4;19-32
New Testament: Hebrews 7:18-28

‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is lawful and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The person who sins shall die. A child shall not suffer for the iniquity of a parent, nor a parent suffer for the iniquity of a child; the righteousness of the righteous shall be his own, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be his own. (Ezekiel 18:19-20)

It may not seem like it on first read….but this prophetic shift in Ezekiel is HUGE . When the law of YHWH was revealed at Sinai, it was made explicitly clear that sin is a generational burden.. Of course the opposite was true as well……righteousness also extended to children…but the idea was that everyone was responsible for the whole well-being of the community.

Now…God declares through Ezekiel that the old ways are gone. God has now decided that each individual is only responsible for him or herself.

In an amazing declaration, God declares that the wicked who repent will no longer have their sins remembered….that they will be washed clean indeed. Through the power of Grace and Love, there is no point where we are beyond redemption. Alleluia! Alleluia!

If you get a chance in the next little bit, why not gather with a priest and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation? It gives us a chance to confess to God our sins…those times when we have missed the mark, and to gain encouragement from a fellow brother or sister in Christ to continue striving to live fully in the Lord.

More than that, we are given absolution. reminded that Jesus came to save us, and rejoices over one sinner who returns than 100 righteous ones. I for one, place hope in that promise. 🙂

Each day, we are given the chance to embrace our hearts of flesh…..and to remember that through Christ….all sins are forgiven, and we are loved beyond all telling.

My dear readers…..my brothers and sisters…go in peace and pray for me, a sinner + ❤

Evening Prayer: Feb. 23rd (Combo post)

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Psalms: 119:145-176, 128, 129, 130
Old Testament: Ruth 2:1-13
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:17
Gospel: Matthew 5:21-26
Patristic reading: An excerpt from a letter about the martyrdom of St. Polycarp.

Since this is a combo post….I want to cover two things…..both of which I think are super important for understanding the Gospel message as a whole.

First off, I want to continue our journey with Ruth…..

Here in Chapter 2, Ruth is now settled in Judea with her mother-in-law Naomi…Ruth sets to work the wheat fields as a poor peasant. This imagery is not to suggest that she is working for wages….but rather that she is destitute and poor…having to hope that Boaz (the owner of the field) has heeded the words of the Torah not to reap the fields completely, but to leave some for the widow, the orphan and the resident alien.

The very fact that Ruth is able to find food speaks volumes about Boaz’s character, and his commitment that all should have access to food and drink…

This goodwill is augmented when Boaz extends the invitation for Ruth to gather wheat with his entourage rather than by herself. That way, she is able to feed herself and have access to water all day long; as well as to gather some food for Naomi.

I wonder what would happen if we were all so generous???

And the second thing I wanted to highlight tonight comes from the Gospel.

Ever wonder why we share/give the kiss of peace at Eucharist??? Sure it’s nice to shake the hands of friends, family and fellow parishoners……but it’s not just about being polite and cordial:

So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister* has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister,* and then come and offer your gift. (Matt 5:23-24)

If anything, the peace is something which forces us to make contact with those people we would much rather avoid. The peace is not so much about maintaining the status quo as it is encouraging reconciliation between those who might not be getting along. This happens right before the Eucharist so that both parties can go to the table of the LORD in love and a clear conscience toward God and their neighbour.

May we all strive to be at peace with one another and to provide our brothers and sisters with food, water, and spiritual healing as the situation calls for :D. Amen +

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