Posts Tagged 'Ordinary 13'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 10:40-42

Thursday, June 23, 2011 – Proper 8, Ordinary 13, Year A

Matthew 10:40-42 – [Jesus is talking.] Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.

A commentary on this scripture described “these little ones” as “ordinary” disciples. That sounds like most of us doesn’t it? We live out our faith in many ways. This scripture reminds us that one way is by simply practicing of hospitality.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for welcoming us. Help us be better at welcoming others. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Romans 6:17-18

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Proper 8, Ordinary 13, Year A

Romans 6:17-18But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

Slavery was something with which 1st Century Christians were all too familiar, so the use of the phrase “slaves of righteousness” was very descriptive for the readers of this letter. Paul was saying in effect, “You are now ‘slaves’ of justice, uprightness, decency and virtue.”

Prayer: Loving God, we come before you as imperfect beings. Help us in our daily struggle to serve you faithfully. AMEN.

Proper 8/Ordinary 13 – Mark 5:22-24

From Mark 5:22-24 – Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw [Jesus], fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.

What moves me about this passage is the lack of discussion between Jesus and Jairus. Jairus pleads with Jesus to make his daughter well, and verse 24a simply states, “So [Jesus] went with him.” As you consider this passage today, think of how it informs us about our responsibility toward children and their health and welfare.

Prayer:

Creator God, keep us mindful of the needs of the children in our lives – both our own children and those children who come before us. AMEN.

Proper 8/Ordinary 13 – Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15

From the Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15 – God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. For righteousness is immortal.

Some Christian traditions recognize the Wisdom of Solomon as part of their holy texts. I don’t normally use readings from the Apocrypha, but I loved these verses. Consider today how each of us as a part of God’s creation are “generative forces,” life-giving and life–enhancing presences, for each other.

Prayer:

Creator God, help us in our daily walk with you to be present in the lives of those around us in ways pleasing to you. AMEN.

Proper 8/Ordinary 13 – Lamentations 3:25

From Lamentations 3:25 – The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

A coworker once exclaimed to me, “It is a blessing to be in an environment where you are surrounded by good, Christian people.” She was right. I am blessed by the fellowship and camaraderie of my fellow waiters and seekers.

Prayer:

Loving God, today we thank you for those people of faith who surround us at home, work and play. AMEN.

Proper 8/Ordinary 13 – Lamentations 3:22-23

This is another week where the lectionary offers numerous selections. These passages include: 2 Samuel 1:1, 1:17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 and Mark 5:21-43. Alternate selections include: Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Lamentations 3:23-33 and Psalm 30.

From Lamentations 3:22-23 – The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

One of joys of following the lectionary is finding scriptures that you never knew were the basis for great hymns. For example, the refrain to the wonderful hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness:”

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
Great is thy faithfulness,
Lord, unto me!

Prayer:

From Lamentations 3:24 – “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” AMEN.


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