Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 2, 110:1-5(6,7)
Psalm 29, 98
Isa. 66: 18-23
Adorning the Full Armor of God
Our Ephesians reading today is the compelling passage about adorning spiritual armor. We have our belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. We have the shield of faith specifically for flaming darts, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. This imagery can help us face specific challenges, knowing which tools we have to use for which challenge. It is also notable that each piece is needed for complete preparedness. There can be times when we are missing one, and yet wonder why we are having challenges.
Our John passage holds the beautiful words of Christ, “I am the resurrection and the life”. When faced with death and fear and doubt, we can trust that God has a plan, and offers us strength through Christ’s message and calling. Our Romans passage reminds us that we are to welcome those we are inclined to shun, as in truth we are all “Gentiles” who rely on the grace of God, and should remember that we are called to offer that grace to all. It also wraps up with a beautiful blessing for you today:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Written by Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson is the Director of Media Ministries at St Paul’s, and serves as a Homilist for the Wednesday evening congregation.