• Presence

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 37:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 37:19-42 (Evening) Gen. 11:1-9 Heb. 6:13-20 John 4:1-15   Presence “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up

  • Antony, Abbot in Egypt, 356

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 38 (Morning) Psalm 119:25-48 (Evening) Genesis 9:18-29 Hebrews 6:1-12 John 3:22-36   Antony, Abbot in Egypt, 356 This morning we remember and celebrate the life of Antony of Egypt. In the late second century, C.E. Antony was born into a wealthy Christian family.

  • Holy Encouragement

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 26-28 (Morning) Psalm 36 – 39 (Evening) Genesis 9: 1-17 Hebrews 5: 7-14 John 3: 16-21   Holy Encouragement Today’s lessons are filled with wonderful encouragement of God’s faithfulness, giving us a boost in our approaching the new year. Psalm 36:5-7 praises the

  • Living the Sacrament of Baptism

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 25 (Morning) Psalm 9,15 (Evening) Gen. 8:6-22 Heb. 4:14-5:6 John 2:23-3:15   Living the Sacrament of Baptism In the gospel today, Jesus establishes the importance of baptism. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he

  • Making Room for God

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14)(Morning) Psalm 110:1-5(6-7) 116, 117 (Evening) Gen. 6:9-22 Heb. 4:1-13 John 2:13-22   Making Room for God As I write this, I’m finishing up a move and looking at a room full of boxes. I can’t possibly keep all these items, and

  • Come and See

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 18:1-20 (Morning) Psalm 18:21-50 (Evening) Gen. 4:17-26 Heb. 3:1-11 John 1:43-51   Come and See In our Gospel reading today Nathanael asks: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” I imagine him asking this kind of flippantly. He already believes that nothing good

  • Cain and Abel

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:1-24 (Morning) Psalm 12, 13, 14 (Evening) Gen. 4:1-16 Heb. 2:11-18 John 1:(29-34)35-42 Cain and Abel I have another chance to wrestle with one of my least favorite Bible passages. It’s so compelling that I didn’t consider writing about any of the other

  • God’s Universal Language

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 5, 6 (Morning) Psalm 10, 11 (Evening) Gen. 3:1-24 Heb. 2:1-10 John 1:19-28   God’s Universal Language I recently traveled to Paris for a post-Christmas holiday. New Year’s Eve, there we were, ten people in an apartment near Saint-Germain, celebrating the Eucharist in

  • The Beginning

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 1, 2, 3 (Morning) Psalm 4, 7 (Evening) Gen. 2:4-9(10-15)16-25 Heb. 1:1-14 John 1:1-18   The Beginning Is any scripture more essential and more mysterious than the opening verses of John’s gospel? They proclaim the Christian essence: Jesus and God are one. That’s

  • “Epiphany!!!”

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 18:1-20 (Morning) Psalm 18:21-50 (Evening) Gen. 4:17-26 Heb. 3:1-11 John 1:43-51   “Epiphany!!!” Epiphany has always been a hopeful and happy word for me. First Corinthians says, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.”

  • Adorning the Full Armor of God

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Morning: Psalm 2, 110:1-5(6,7) Joshua 2:2-9 Eph. 6:10-20 John 11:17-27,38-44 Evening: Psalm 29, 98 Isa. 66: 18-23 Rom. 15:7-13   Adorning the Full Armor of God Our Ephesians reading today is the compelling passage about adorning spiritual armor. We have our belt of truth,

  • Sight / Insight

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 85, 87 (Morning) Psalm 89:1-29 (Evening) Joshua 3:14—4:7 Eph. 5:1-20 John 9:1-12,35-38   Sight / Insight There is a lot to ponder in the scripture of John 9. In summation, Jesus refers to himself as “the light of the world” and he illustrates

  • The Likeness of God

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 68 (Morning) Psalm 72 (Evening) 1 Kings 19:9-18 Eph. 4:17-32 John 6:15-27   The Likeness of God Ephesians 4:17-32 instructs us to “no longer live as the Gentiles live,” and to live according “to the likeness of God.” In a modern sense, I

  • Trust

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 34 (Morning) Psalm 33 (Evening) 1 Kings 19:1-8 Eph. 4:1-16 John 6:1-14   Trust Today’s gospel reading of John 6 tells us how Jesus fed a multitude with only a few loaves and fishes. Jesus’ feeding of 5,000 people with the “five loaves

  • New Year’s Day

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 103 (Morning) Psalm 148 (Evening) Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12 Revelations 19:11-16 Matthew 1:18-25   New Year’s Day New Year’s Day is often a time for resolutions, when we will change something that bothers us. In Psalm 103, we are reminded “He forgives all your

  • Alone Together

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14) (Morning) Psalm 23, 27 (Evening) 1 Kings 17:17-24 3 John 1-15 John 4:46-54 Alone Together If I make the effort, I will find some time to end this day with Psalm 23. I will pray like the psalmist and say or

  • The First Sign at Cana

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 18:1-20 (Morning) Psalm 18:21-50 (Evening) 2 Samuel 23:13-17b 2 John 1-13 John 2:1-11   The First Sign at Cana Have you ever hosted a special event for a loved one? Even with joyful anticipation, the planning and preparation can be so stressful and

  • Meditations on Psalms and Holiday Spirit Via Handel

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 2 (Morning) Psalm 19 (Evening) Isaiah 49:13-23 Isaiah 54:1-13 Matthew 18:1-4 Meditations on Psalms and Holiday Spirit Via Handel The poetic music of today’s Psalms comes to mind with mental musical accompaniment from the literally divine Handel’s Messiah. Though written from the perspective

  • Who or What Do You Worship at Christmas?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 97, 98 (Morning) Proverbs 8:22-30 John 13:20-35 Psalm 145 (Evening) Isaiah 44:1-8 1 John 5:1-12 Who or What Do You Worship at Christmas? Today’s readings focus on giving God and His Son the praise they deserve. It is Jesus’s birthday month after all.

  • Sing!

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 66, 67 (Morning) Psalm 116, 117 (Evening) 1 Samuel 2: 1b-10 Titus 2: 1-10 Luke 1: 26-38   Sing! This year I have been surprised at how precious and real and important the Christmas season has been for me as it settled in

  • Love Came Down at Christmas

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 2, 85 (Morning) Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 132 (Evening) Micah 4:1-5,5:2-4 1 John 4:7-16 John 3:31-36   Love Came Down at Christmas In our church’s calendar of Holy Men and Holy Women, December 25th commemorates not a saint for the day, but “The Nativity of

  • Poetry and Promise

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 55 (Morning) Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23) (Evening) Zech. 8:9-17 Rev. 6:1-17 Matt. 25:31-46   Poetry and Promise Scholars are inclined to believe that Matthew revised his memory of what Jesus predicted about his second coming according to events that happened after his death and

  • Living at Full Stretch

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 40, 54 (Morning) Psalm 51 (Evening) Zech. 7:8-8:8 Rev. 5:6-14 Matt. 25:14-30   Living at Full Stretch If you look at the Greek word from today’s gospel—what our text calls “fear”—it could be rendered, “sloth,” or more literally read as “dryness.” The text

  • Sometimes You Just Need Good News

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 50 (Morning) Psalm [59, 60] or 33 (Evening) Zech. 4:1-14 Rev. 4:9-5:5 Matt. 25:1-13   Sometimes You Just Need Good News I have to admit, I find today’s readings more vexing than inspiring. Zechariah and Revelations have an intriguing but surreal parallelism, with

  • Jesus Is Lord…and Caesar Is Not

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:49-72 (Morning) Psalm 49, [53] (Evening) Zechariah 3:1-10 Revelation 4:1-8 Matthew 24:45-51 Jesus Is Lord…and Caesar Is Not I’ll bet that most of us have not spent a great deal of time pondering the Book of Revelation, certainly not as much as many

  • Revelation

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 45 Psalm 47, 48 Zech.2: 1-13 Rev. 3: 14-22 Matt. 24:32-44   Revelation I stand at the door and knock, those whom I love I reprove, do not be lukewarm, thinking you are fine and that you need nothing not knowing that you

  • God only knows. The End.

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 41, 52 (Morning) Psalm 44 (Evening) Zech. 1:7-17 Rev. 3:7-13 Matt. 24:15-31   Obstacles Zechariah, Matthew and John all harmonize today on the theme of The End. Matthew most memorably admonishes, “there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the

  • Obstacles

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalms 30, 32 (Morning) Psalms 42, 43 (Evening) Haggai 2:1-9 Rev 3:1-6 Matt 24:1-14   Obstacles All the prophets have one thing in common – they listened to God, and they responded to His call. Haggai was told to speak to the governor, the

  • Advent and House-Building

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 31 (Morning) Psalm 35 (Evening) Haggai 1:1-15 Rev. 2:18-29 Matt. 23:27-39   Advent and House-Building There is a debate in the Anglican communion—or, at least there was once upon a time—about whether Advent is a penitential season. The tide seems to have turned

  • Dark Night of the Soul

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 37:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 37:19-42 (Evening) Amos 9:1-10 Rev. 2:8-17 Matt. 23:13-26   Dark Night of the Soul Psalm 37 promises safe pasture to those who love God and who do good. We are asked to trust that God will break the power of

  • The Reflection in the Mirror

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 38 (Morning) Psalm 119:25-48 (Evening) Amos 8:1-14 Revelation 1:17-2:7 Matthew 23:1-12   The Reflection in the Mirror Today’s readings remind of the lyrics in an old song: “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way…” Merriam-Webster defines humble

  • Simplicity

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 26, 28 (Morning) Psalm 36, 39 (Evening) Amos 7:10-17 Rev. 1:9-16 Matt. 22:34-46 Simplicity “What is the greatest commandment?” What is the one thing that if I get it right everything will be okay? This is the question that the Pharisee asked Jesus.

  • The Holy Mystery

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 25 (Morning) Psalm 9,15 (Evening) Amos 7:1-9 Revelation 1:1-18 Matthew 22:23-33   The Holy Mystery Richard Rohr, in his compelling book The Divine Dance, said, “For fifty years we should all basically stop using the word God. Because…we normally don’t have a clue

  • Pay to Caesar what is Caesar’s and To God what is God’s

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14) (Morning) Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 (Evening) Amos 5:18-27 Jude 17-25 Matt. 22:15-22   Pay to Caesar what is Caesar’s and To God what is God’s Well, here we are in the midst of Advent, which can be a remarkably introspective time

  • Judgment

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 16, 17 (Morning) Psalm 22 (Evening) Amos 5:1-17 Jude 1-16 Matt. 22:1-14   Judgment God’s wrath and the coming Judgment Day has been a source worry and fear for me and many other Christians. It’s hard to imagine giving your life to a

  • God Is Coming

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 18:1-20 (Morning) Psalm 18:21-50 (Evening) Amos 4:6-13 2 Pet. 3:11-18 Matt. 21:33-46   God Is Coming All three of our readings today speak of unheeded warnings. In our Gospel reading, Jesus tells a parable of a landowner who repeatedly sends messengers to his

  • According to St. Peter “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” But in the meantime let us celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas!

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:1-24 (Morning) Psalms 12, 13, 14 (Evening) Amos 3:12, 4:5 2 Peter 3: 1-10 Matthew 21: 23-32   According to St. Peter “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in

  • Towards Reconciliation

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 5, 6 (Morning) Psalm 10, 11 (Evening) Amos 3:1-11 2 Pet. 1:12-21 Matt. 21:12-22   Towards Reconciliation Today The Episcopal Church commemorates the life and work of Nelson Mandela. His story is one which is likely familiar to most of us. From political

  • Lie Down in Peace

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalms 1,2,3 (Morning) Psalms 4, 7 (Evening) Amos 2:6-16 2 Pet. 1:1-11 Matt. 21:1-11   Lie Down in Peace This morning I awoke to the realization that I’ve fumbled a ball at work and am scrambling to get it back before I completely lose

  • Regaining Our Sight

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 137:1-6(7-9), 144 (Morning) Psalm 104 (Evening) Micah 7:11-20 1 Pet. 4:7-19 Matt. 20:29-34 Regaining Our Sight In today’s readings we hear Peter discussing using our gifts to serve others, with the wonderful encouragement to “love each other deeply, because love covers over a

  • A Lived, Eternal Faith

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 140, 142 (Morning) Psalm 141, 143:1-11(12) (Evening) Isa. 24:14-23 1 Pet. 3:13-4:6 Matt. 20:17-28 A Lived, Eternal Faith I don’t always feel this way, but the passage from Peter is just what I needed to hear this morning. One of the tensions in

  • A Song of Quiet Trust

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 131, 132, [133] (Morning) Psalm 134, 135 (Evening) Zeph. 3:1-13 1 Pet. 2:11-25 Matt. 20:1-16 A Song of Quiet Trust Psalm 131 is like a distilled spirit: a small and humble draft, it packs a punch once it’s been swallowed. It’s small enough

  • How Do We Get There?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119: 145-176 (Morning) Psalm 128, 129, 130 (Evening) Obadiah 15-21 1 Pet. 2: 1-10 Matt. 19: 23-30 How Do We Get There? On the afternoon of October 31 at the History Faculty building at Oxford, there was a re-enactment of the moment five

  • Let the Little Children Come to Me

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm [120], 121, 122, 123 (Morning) Psalm 124, 125, 126, [127] (Evening) Nahum 1:1-13 1 Pet. 1:13-25 Matt. 19:13-22 Let the Little Children Come to Me Every week I see our priests tenderly bless the little children who come for communion, I see them

  • Biblical Infallibility?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 106:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 106:19-48 (Evening) Joel 3:1-2,9-17 1 Pet. 1:1-12 Matt. 19:1-12 Biblical Infallibility? These readings were quite challenging for me to find a suitable launch pad for a reflection. I am choosing to reflect on Matthew’s gospel, which presents a conundrum for

  • From Your Heart

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) (Morning) Psalm 33 (Evening) Isaiah 65:17-25 Revelations 22:14-21 Matthew 18:21-35 From Your Heart Today’s parable addresses one of our hardest relational issues. The message ultimately expounds the petition in the Lord’s prayer, “…forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who

  • Our Sheep

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 102 (Morning) Psalm 107:1-32 (Evening) 1 Macc. 4:36-59 Rev. 22:6-13 Matt. 18:10-20 Our Sheep In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells us the Parable of the Lost Sheep. Describing a scene in which a herder leaves his flock of 99 sheep in search of

  • Holiday Humility

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 105:1-22 (Morning) Psalm 105:23-45 (Evening) 1 Macc. 4:1-25 Rev. 21:22-22:5 Matt. 18:1-9   Holiday Humility This morning many of you are likely preparing for a thanksgiving meal. Perhaps you rose early to begin preparing complicated dishes. Or maybe you couldn’t sleep last night

  • It’s Not About the Money! Or: “Wait– Did Jesus Just Create Money?”

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 (Morning) Psalm 119:121-144 (Evening) 1 Macc. 3:42-60 Rev. 21:9-21 Matt. 17:22-27   It’s Not About the Money! Or: “Wait– Did Jesus Just Create Money?” Our gospel reading this morning In Matthew 17 describes the miracle of the gold coin in the

  • What Does Heaven Mean to You?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 97,99,100 (Morning) Psalm 94,95 (Evening) 1 Maccabees 3:25-41 Revelation 21:1-8 Matthew 17:14-21   What Does Heaven Mean to You? How about summing that up in two paragraphs!?! Based upon discussions with co-workers over the years, I approached Revelations with great distrust and maybe

  • Listen

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 89:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 89:19-52 (Evening) 1 Macc. 3:1-24 Rev. 20:7-15 Matt. 17:1-13   Listen This morning’s reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew tells a story we call The Transfiguration. It goes like this: Jesus took three of his students up the side

  • In But Not Of

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 66, 67 (Morning) Psalm 19, 46 (Evening) 1 Macc. 2:29-43,49-50 Acts 28: 14b-23 Luke 16: 1-13 In But Not Of After researching the parable of the dishonest manager (Luke 16:1-13), this parable is reportedly one of the most difficult to understand. It appears

  • Identity Issues In Today’s Daily Office

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 87, Psalm 90 (Morning) Psalm 136 (Evening) 1 Maccabees 2:1-28 Revelations 20:1-6 Matthew 16:21-28 Identity Issues In Today’s Daily Office The first line of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “Who goes there?” is spoken by sentinel Bernardo, on watch at Elsinore Castle in Denmark. This is,

  • Armor of God

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 88 (Morning) Psalm 191, 92 (Evening) 1 Macc. 1:41-63 Rev. 19:11-16 Matt. 16:13-20   Armor of God Revelation’s reading today paints us a fantastic picture of a rider on a white horse. The rider is called “Faithful and True” and his name is

  • The Perils of Yeast

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm [83] or 23, 27 (Morning) Psalm 85, 86 (Evening) 1 Macc. 1:1-28 Rev. 19:1-10 Matt. 16:1-12   The Perils of Yeast In today’s gospel, Jesus warns his disciples to “beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” I don’t know about the

  • A Real Good Story

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:97-120 (Morning) Psalm 81, 82 (Evening) Neh. 7:73b-8:3,5-18 Rev. 18:21-24 Matt. 15:29-39 A Real Good Story I never really believed that the story in today’s gospel was anything more than that – a good story – until I had leaned deeply into my

  • Caught Between the Sheep and the Dogs

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 78:1-39 (Morning) Psalm 78:40-72 (Evening) Neh. 9:26-38 Rev. 18:9-20 Matt. 15:21-28 Caught Between the Sheep and the Dogs “We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.

  • Exiles, Natives, and Rebuilders

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 80 (Morning) Psalm 77, [79] (Evening) Neh. 9:1-15(16-25) Rev. 18:1-8 Matt. 15:1-20 Exiles, Natives, and Rebuilders Thanks to his personal relationship with the Emperor of Persia, Nehemiah gets himself sent to the land of his ancestors as governor to rebuild the city of

  • A Reversal of Power

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 93, 96 (Morning) Psalm 34 (Evening) Ezra 10:1-17 Acts 24:10-21 Luke 14:12-24   A Reversal of Power My seven-year-old son is in his fourth year of “competitive” soccer. For the first three years every concept used to describe what we witnessed should really

  • Escaping the Sacred Lie

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 75, 76 (Morning) Psalm 23, 27 (Evening) Ezra 9:1-15 Rev. 17:1-14 Matt. 14:22-36 Escaping the Sacred Lie Today’s passage from Ezra is quite xenophobic, isn’t it? That seems to be a theme in Ezra and Nehemiah, set after the end of the Babylonian

  • Loaves, Fishes, and Lectio Divina

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 (Morning) Psalm 73 (Evening) Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36 Revelation 15:1-8 Matthew 14:13-21 Loaves, Fishes, and Lectio Divina In today’s Gospel lesson we hear again one of the most familiar miracle stories in all the Bible. Even for folks who know little about the

  • What Are You Hearing?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 72 (Morning) Psalm 119:73-96 (Evening) Neh. 13:4-22 Rev. 12:1-12 Matt. 13:53-58   What Are You Hearing? As I checked through the different readings for my assignment I wondered what it meant that I needed a reading that applied to me. I couldn’t go

  • Bring In the New and Bring In the Old

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 61, 62 (Morning) Psalm 68:1-20 (21-23) 24-36 (Evening) Neh. 12:27-31a, 42b-47 Rev. 11:1-19 Matt. 13:44-52   Bring In the New and Bring In the Old Today Matthew provides four examples of the way Christ taught his disciples about the Kingdom of Heaven. In

  • Enemies and End Times

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 56, 57, [58] (Morning) Psalm 64, 65 (Evening) Neh. 6:1-19 Rev. 10:1-11 Matt. 13:36-43   Enemies and End Times How about some thorny questions: If all humankind is one, if we are all created in God’s image, do we have enemies? Who are

  • William Temple

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 56, 57, [58] (Morning) Psalm 64, 65 (Evening) Neh. 6:1-19 Rev. 10:1-11 Matt. 13:36-43 William Temple In 1942 when William Temple became Archbishop of Canterbury, the German invasion of Britain seemed imminent. It was a tense time – with plots as thick and

  • Do Not Worry

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 24, 29 (Morning) Psalm 8, 84 (Evening) Neh. 5:1-19 Acts 20:7-12 Luke 12:22-31 Do Not Worry Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat: or about your body, what you will wear. (Luke 12:22) This is an

  • Parables and Empowerment

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 55 (Morning) Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23) (Evening) Neh. 4:1-23 Rev. 7:(4-8)9-17 Matt. 13:31-35 Parables and Empowerment This morning Matthew shares with us the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast. The mustard seed is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it

  • All Faithful Departed

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 50 (Morning) Psalm [59, 60] or 103 (Evening) Neh. 1-1:11 Rev. 5:11-6:11 Matt. 13:18-23 All Faithful Departed Yesterday, many churches celebrated All Saints Day, the commemoration of all the saints, especially the persons of heroic sanctity, whom the whole church remembers. It became

  • A Little Silver Hammer

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:49-72 (Morning) Psalm 49, [53] (Evening) Ezra 6:1-22 Rev. 5:1-10 Matt. 13:10-17   A Little Silver Hammer If you’re walking around with a hammer in your hand does everything look like a nail? If you’re meditating a lot does everything start to look

  • Leaving the Door Open

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 40, 54 (Morning) Psalm 51 (Evening) Nehemiah 2:1-20 Revelation 6:12-7:4 Matthew 13:24-30   Leaving the Door Open I appreciate the way our reading from Matthew helps us see that it is not so easy to separate the wheat from weeds or good from

  • Building God’s Kingdom

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 45 (Morning) Psalm 47, 48 (Evening) Ezra 5:1-17 Revelation 4:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9   Building God’s Kingdom Today marks 500 years since Martin Luther first distributed his famous Ninety-five Theses, an act that has come to symbolize the entire Reformation. Many of today’s readings

  • Jewish Dreams Realized by Iranian Deeds

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 41, 52 (Morning) Psalm 44 (Evening) Zechariah 1:7-17 Revelation 1:4-20 Matthew 12:43-50   Jewish Dreams Realized by Iranian Deeds The dreaming prophet Zechariah finds himself in a grove of myrtle trees where he encounters angel-like messengers, each mounting differently colored horses. Zechariah hears

  • The You in Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 63:1-8(9-11), 98; (Morning) Psalm 103 (Evening) Haggai 1:1-2:9 Acts 18:24-19:7 Luke 10:25-37   The You in Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself Today’s appointed Gospel is the parable of the Good Samaritan. A story which I would guess that most of us have heard

  • Ambition

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 63, 98 (Morning) Psalm 103 (Evening) Haggai 1:1-2:9 Acts 18:24-19:7 Luke 10:25-37   Ambition We are all guilty of doing something for purely our benefit. Society praises ambition and defines success monetarily. The people in Haggai gave in to similar societal pressures, focusing

  • The Healing Power of Confession

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 30, 32 (Morning) Psalm 42, 43 (Evening) Ezra 4:7,11-24 Philemon 1-25 Matt. 12:33-42 The Healing Power of Confession From Psalm 32: “I acknowledged my sin to you…and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” I hope that all of you have experienced the

  • Hospitality to Strangers

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 31 (Morning) Psalm 35 (Evening) Ezra 3:1-13 1 Cor 16:10-24 Matt. 12:22-32 Hospitality to Strangers This past Saturday, I made one of my impromptu treks to Tontitown to explore their flea markets. Passing by the pop machine, a woman fumbled through her purse

  • Preach by Acting

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 37: 1-18 (Morning) Psalm 19:42 (Evening) Ezra 1: 1-11 1 Cor. 16: 1-9 Matt. 12: 15-21 Preach by Acting On her desk at St. Paul’s, Suzanne keeps a card with those wonderful lines attributed to St. Francis: “Preach the Gospel always. If necessary,

  • The Law Killeth; The Spirit Giveth Life

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 38 (Morning) Psalm 119:25-48 (Evening) Lam. 2:8-15 1 Cor. 15:51-58 Matt. 12:1-14 The Law Killeth; The Spirit Giveth Life On Greenville Avenue in Dallas, there is a Unity Church and behind the altar in large letters are the words: THE LAW KILLETH THE

  • The Light Burden and the Mortal Shell

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