Posts Tagged 'Matthew 5'

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:44-45

Friday, February 17, 2017 

Matthew 5:44-45But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

Throughout the week, we have been exploring our care for one another.  Our concluding passage for this week reminds us that we are all in this world together…that we are all precious children of God.

Loving God, help us to recognize each person we meet today as our neighbor, as our brother or sister.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:23-24

Friday, February 10, 2017

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

Following God doesn’t exclude us from quarrelling with one another.  But as brothers and sisters united under God, we are asked to live in reconciling community with each other.  We are to be forgiving people.

Forgiving God, help us to be kinder and gentler to one another.  Help us to forgive each other as you forgive us.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:7

Friday, January 27, 2017 

Matthew 5:7Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (New Revised Standard Version)  You’re blessed when you care.  At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you will find yourselves cared for. (The Message)

A wise manager of mine once told me that most people treat others as they wish to be treated themselves.  Reflect on this idea throughout the day as you interact with others and consider the message you are sending.

Merciful God, help us as we seek to be care givers to one another.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:9

Thursday, January 26, 2017 

Matthew 5:9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (New Revised Standard Version)  You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight.  That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. (The Message)

Peace is so often thought of as the absence of war, that I found The Message’s translation helpful with this Beatitude.  This is especially true for the workplace, where it is important to remember that we are working together as individual parts of a whole toward God’s plan, not ours.

Loving God, help us keep the main thing, the main thing.  Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:4

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 

Matthew 5:4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (New Revised Standard Version)  How blest are the sorrowful; they shall find consolation. (The New English Bible)

When we have reached the pit of our sorrow, it is easy to feel alone.  Yet Jesus is reminding his disciples and us, that God never leaves us.  God is by our side waiting to comfort and console us in a way that only God can.

Steadfast God, help us to sense your constant presence in our lives. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:3

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 

Matthew 5:3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (New Revised Standard Version).  How blest are those who know their need of God; the kingdom of Heaven is theirs  (New English Bible).

I sometimes refer to myself as a driver’s-side Christian, an attitude that relegates God to the passenger seat.  With God over there I am free to accept advice on an as needed basis.  May God bless all of our efforts as we seek to give up control and exchange seats.

Gracious God, help each of us be more open to your guidance.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Genesis 1:3

Friday, June 17, 2011 – Trinity Sunday, Year A

Genesis 1:3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
And not in the lectionary selections but from Matthew 5:14, 16a – You are the light of the world…your light must shine before others…

This has been a week of kingdom-building and kingdom-tending…of God’s creative presence and of our role as God’s hands and feet on earth. Working at a place like the Church Health Center offers a unique opportunity for your light to shine before others.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the opportunity to serve your children. May they see you in the light we shine today. AMEN.

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