Fulfilling the Law

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 75, 76 (Morning) Psalm 23, 27 (Evening) 2 Kings 2:1-18 1 Cor. 4:1-7 Matt. 5:17-20   In our Old Testament reading today, we find the story of an obstinate prophet, who despite being told to stay behind three times, will not leave his

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Shining Light Where It’s Needed

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 69 (Morning) Psalm 108: 1-6 (Evening) 2 Kings 1:2-17 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Matthew 5:11-16   A few years back when the Ozarks went dark from downed electrical lines due to a massive ice storm, my house was without power for 14 days. During

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Feast of St. Matthew

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:41-64 (Morning) Psalm 19, 112 (Evening) Isaiah 8:11-20 Romans 10:1-15 Matt. 13:44-52   Our Psalm this morning expresses an attitude toward law that few Christians embrace today. The Psalmist takes “great comfort” in recalling God’s “judgments of old,” finds “delight” in the “commandments

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Presidents are People, Too

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 72 (Morning) Psalm 119:73-96 (Evening) 1 Kings 22:1-28 1 Cor. 2:1-13 Matt. 4:18-25   The morning psalm is a prayer for a king: “O God, please give the king your understanding of justice. May the decisions the king makes today, God, be morally

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God Chose What is Foolish

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 61, 62 (Morning) Psalm 68:1-20 (21-23) 24-36 (Evening) 1 Kings 21:17-29 1 Cor. 1:20-31 Matt. 4:12-17   A few years after Paul founded the church in Corinth, he received several reports of friction within the church community. The congregation was arguing about some

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Cooperation with and in God

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 55 (Morning) Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23) (Evening) 1 Kings 18:41-19:8 Phil. 3:17-4:7 Matt. 3:13-17   In today’s gospel John baptizes Jesus. Baptism is one of two central sacraments in our church (the other is the Eucharist) and at the heart of sacramental ministry is

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Hiding Righteousness in Our Hearts?

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 40, 54 (Morning) Psalm 51 (Evening) 1 Kings 18:20-40 Phil. 3:1-16 Matt. 3:1-12   Our commemoration today in the Great Cloud of Witness is Cyprian of Carthage, a bishop and martyr from the 3rd Century. We know that he was tried and executed

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Holy Innocents

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 50 (Morning) Psalm 59, 60 or 8, 84 (Evening) 1 Kings 18:1-19 Philippians 2:12-30 Matthew 2:13-23   A voice was heard in Rama, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more. In

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