Friday, February 18, 2011

A Vision for Life

Friday, February 18, 2011 -- Week of 6 Epiphany, Year One
Martin Luther, Theologian, 1546
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Today's Readings for the Daily Office
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 948)
Psalms 102 (morning)       107:1-32 (evening)
Isaiah 65:17-25
1 Timothy 5:17-22(23-25)
Mark 12:28-34

To read this passage from Isaiah and then close with the reading from Mark is simply thrilling and comprehensive.

Isaiah offers a cosmological vision of our hope for creation.  The new heavens and new earth are God's creation fulfilled.  The city is a joy and the people God's delight.  No more weeping; no more distress.  All live out their full measure of years and enjoy the productivity of their work.  Peace reigns.  Isaiah gives us a vision to inspire our longing and our effort.  He describes what our corporate life is all about.

Jesus give us a personal vision for the conduct of a virtuous and fulfilling life.  It is all about reverence and love.  First, we revere and love God "with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."  Second, we revere and love humanity, epecially the nearest humanity -- our neighbor and ourselves.  "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  He finishes this summary saying, "There is no other commandment greater than these."

When we remember Jesus' story about the Good Samaritan as his answer to the question, "Who is my neighbor?", the vision comes full circle.  My neighbor is anyone, especially anyone in need.

It is a comprehensive vision:  a fulfilled creation -- joyful, productive and peaceful; a life grounded in reverent love of God, neighbor and self. 

It is enough.



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About Morning Reflections
"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
An online resource for praying the Daily Office is found at -- Click for online Daily Office
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The Mission of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
is to explore and celebrate
God's infinite grace, acceptance, and love.

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Our Rule of Life: 
We aspire to...
    worship weekly
    pray daily
    learn constantly
    serve joyfully 
    live generously.

Lowell Grisham, Rector
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fayetteville, Arkansas


At 8:07 AM, Anonymous janet l graige said...


Peace, Janet


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