Monday, February 10, 2014

Blogging toward Sunday

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Our gospel reading for Sunday, February 16th continues Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Read through Matthew 5:21-37 at least three times using the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. In this type of reading, the text is engaged slowly and prayerfully, taking time to sit quietly in between each reading. In the silence, listen for the word, the phrase, or the teaching the Holy Spirit might have for you at this juncture in your spiritual journey.

This passage speaks of blessings and curses, life and death, good relationships and those that are broken. Herein, does Jesus suggest we have a choice in these matters? If so, how?

Finally, consider the following, which are questions posed by Kimberly Bracken Long in her liturgical resource, Feasting on the Word; Worship Companion:
  1. Where do you find life and where do you not? 
  2. What role do your choices play?
  3. Where have you experienced broken relationships in your own life or in the church?
  4. How do Christ and the reign of heaven enable us to move beyond brokenness and live in mutual support?
As always, I look forward to worshiping with you. Until then, may your week be filled with courage, wisdom, and blessings.


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