Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Genesis 12:1-9; Psalm 33:1-12; (Hosea 5:15 - 6:6; Psalm 50:7-15;) Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26
In this week’s Gospel, two people in great distress interrupt and rearrange Jesus’ day. Yet in Jesus we see no flash of anger over what will have to be put off for another day, no hand-wringing over best-laid plans gone astray.
Peter assumes that the Messiah will bring God’s wrath down upon God’s enemies. But what we see and hear as God’s wrath is actually God’s love in pain when witnessing our wrath heaped upon each other.
1 Corinthians 7:29–31
Paul isn’t asking us to avoid the world. But if the form of the world is passing way, the everyday is becoming a step into promise.
I'm thinking about Psalm 33. It's a good one. It begins with music and ends with this reminder that princes and horses are not actually running the show. I know. I was surprised as well.
Some days it might feel that way, mind you, but it's not really the way things are. I always want question that kind of logic...ontology again. If Congress reinstates the draft then they are running the show. There is this thing called "power" and some people have more than others in some contexts. How does an ontological theo-philosophical argument slow down Congress or what have you?
Living by covenant, not contract
Monastic vows sound familiar to anyone who's been to a wedding. In both marriage and celibacy, we promise to be faithful.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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