Friday, February 19, 2010

Early Away

Friday, February 19, 2010 -- Week of Last Epiphany, Year Two

Today's Readings for the Daily Office (Book of Common Prayer, p. 951)
Psalms 95* & 31 (morning) 35 (evening)
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Philippians 4:1-9
John 17:9-19

I have to be somewhere early today. Not time to write.

Note. Part of the significance of Ezekiel 18:4 is to change a tradition found in the Ten Commandments and elsewhere. No longer will God hold the people responsible from one generation to another. "It is only the person who sins that shall die." It is very significant that Ezekiel felt free, as a prophet, to speak in God's name and to change an ancient Biblical commandment.

And I love the passage from Philippians 4 -- "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice..." (It's Kathy's favorite passage.) However, the footnote offers an alternative translation for "Rejoice" -- "Farewell." Interesting how that affects the reading.

Today the diocese gathers for our annual Convention. In the spirit of John 17, may we be "sanctified in truth."


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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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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas


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