Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

Scripture readings for Sunday, February 3, 2013 include:
 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Luke 4:21-30.
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When we left the Gospel of Luke last Sunday, Jesus had entered the synagogue, read from the scroll of Isaiah and sat down to interpret it. Then, all eyes were upon him and the people were amazed. But in our reading for today, things change and they change quickly. 

Using the practice of lectio divina or "sacred reading," read through the passage from Luke one time. Afterward, sit quietly and listen for what new learning the Holy Spirit might impart. You might wish to make a note or two. What really strikes you about this passage upon this first reading?

Now, read through the text a second time. Again, prayerfully listen to your heart of hearts. Did you notice something different this time? If so, what? Is there something about which you would like to know more? What might that be? Jot it down.

Before reading the text the last time, put yourself in the story. Imagine that you are a Pharisee and you have lived in this community all your life. In fact, you know Jesus well. You've known him since he was in diapers. Now, read the passage. Keep silence for a few moments. Then consider, how did Jesus' words sound to you this time? Do you feel offended? If so, why?

Lastly, read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, which is on the topic of love. Can you imagine how this text might be related to the story of Jesus in his hometown, angering the people in the synagogue? What does love have to do with Gentile widows and lepers? 

The following is a prayer for the week:
Holy One, day by day this week is passing by,
On the journey, be with us as we pause and ponder
All the love we see and receive.
Help us to see you in each moment of love.
Where we fall short of being patient and kind,
Help us to feel your patience and kindness toward us
And give us peace, as we give each passing day to you. Amen. 
May the joy of the Lord be yours throughout the week. As always, I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.


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