Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wisdom from Paul

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 -- -- Holy Week, Year One

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Today's Readings for the Daily Office
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 956)
Psalms 55 (morning)        74 (evening)
Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17
Philippians 4:1-13
John 12:27-36

Jesus tells us to walk in the light, so that we may become children of light.

Jeremiah says that one who trusts in God is blessed, like a tree planted by water.  "It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit."

And finally, in an exquisite passage from his letter to the Philippians, Paul gives practical wisdom about how we can walk in the light and live in trust like a deeply rooted tree. 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

...I have learned to be content with whatever I have.  I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty.  In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

That is one of my favorite passages in all of scripture.  Indeed, Paul's words are so compelling and lyrical, that no commentary is needed, so I won't go on.  I'll just read his words again.

Lowell

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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

3 Comments:

At 11:02 AM, Blogger anglejax said...

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At 11:06 AM, Blogger anglejax said...

This passage in Philippians is one of my favorites as well. Blessings, Father Lowell!

Jack

 
At 9:55 PM, Anonymous janet l graige said...

Lent thirty-seven

My soul is troubled
Death thunders in coming storm
Walk while you have light

peace,
janet

 

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