A Morning's Agenda
Friday, May 29, 2009 -- Week of 7 Easter, Year One
Today's Readings for the Daily Office (Book of Common Prayer, p. 964)
Psalms 102 (morning) 107:1-32 (evening)
Today's readings offer visions that heal and restore us closer to God's desire for us.
Ezekiel imagines a day when the wealthy and powerful no longer over-consume, waste the environment, and live in manner that degrades the poor and weak. He echoes an earlier, ancient theme from scripture that there should be no great gulf between the rich and the poor, but that everyone should have plenty. Ezekiel imagines a day when the governmental authority will enforce a justice of equality, and a day when security will be a reality for all.
Hebrews imagines a day when religion is no longer about outward observance, but a deep, interior knowledge of God. A day when everyone knows God in their hearts and minds, and from their souls they will walk in the ways of justice and compassion. The writer sees the inauguration of that new day in Jesus.
And the little story in Luke imagines a day when women sit at the Teacher's feet with the same right of discipleship as men. When Mary will be welcomed as an equal among the disciples and not just relegated to the kitchen. Jesus offers this welcome without demeaning in any way the servant ministry of Martha.
A justice of equality, an intimate knowledge of God, and gender equality. Not a bad agenda for one day's scripture reading.
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Morning Reflections is a brief thought about the scripture readings from the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer according to the practice found in the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.
Morning Prayer begins on p. 80 of the Book of Common Prayer.
Evening Prayer begins on p. 117
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