• 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

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 26, 28 (Morning) Psalm 36, 39 (Evening) Lam. 1:1-5(6-9)10-12 1 Cor. 15:41-50 Matt. 11:25-3 The Light Burden and the Mortal Shell Today’s Old Testament reading gives us a window into the sorrow of Jerusalem, with descriptions that strike close to home when we

  • A Lament

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 25 (Morning) Psalm 9, 15 (Evening) Jer. 44:1-14 1 Cor. 15:30-41 Matt. 11:16-24 A Lament Today’s morning psalmist is asking for help, specifically for deliverance from enemies. Even when we have friends in abundance, we still have enemies. Sometimes those enemies are in

  • Frozen in Time

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 148-150 (Morning) Psalm 114-115 (Evening) Jer. 29:1, 4-14 Acts 16:6-15 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Frozen in Time Many of my friends and I have been unsettled since the last election. Watching the news has added to our stunned and shattered state. We are tired

  • Trouble

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 20, 21:1-7 (8-14) (Morning) Psalm 110:1-5 (6-7), 116, 117 (Evening) 2 Kings 25:8-12,22-26 1 Cor. 15:12-29 Matt. 11:7-15 Trouble Psalm 20 is a song you sing for someone else. Psalm 116 is the song you sing because someone else sang Psalm 20 for

  • Hearts of Wax

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 16, 17 (Morning) Psalm 22 (Evening) Jeremiah 38: 14-28 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11 Matthew 11 1-6 Hearts of Wax In many psalms we hear the writer’s painful cries of lament, waiting for God to show up. The intensity of pain in Psalm 22,

  • Prophesy With Mindful Spiritual Gifts

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 18:1-20 (Morning) Psalm 18:21-51 (Evening) Jeremiah 38:1-13 1 Corinthians 14: 26-33a; 37-40 Matthew 10:34-42 Prophesy With Mindful Spiritual Gifts In Paul’s message to the church in Corinth (1 Cor.14), the topic specifically addresses the nature of edifying Christian language. Here we gain insight

  • Speak to God! He wants to hear it all.

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:1-24 (Morning) Psalm 12, 13, 14 (Evening) Jer. 37:3-21 1 Cor. 14:13-25 Matt. 10:24-33   Speak to God! He wants to hear it all. We wake up to more bad news every day. Good news is easy on the ears but bad news

  • Fiery Love

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 5,6 (Morning) Psalm 10, 11 (Evening) Jer. 36: 27-37:2 1 Cor. 14: 1-12 Matt. 10: 16-23   Fiery Love The commemoration for this date is St. Ignatious of Antioch. A week or so ago, I ran across St. Ignatious of Antioch in my

  • The Hardest of These is Love

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 1, 2, 3 (Morning) Psalm 4, 7 (Evening) Jer. 36:11-26 1 Cor. 13:(1-3)4-13 Matt. 10:5-15   The Hardest of These is Love For our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, I cross-stitched I Corinthians 13 in rosy thread, framed it in glass and gold, and stood

  • Simon Stung

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalms 146-47 Psalms 111-13 Jer. 36: 1-10 Acts 14: 8-18 Luke 7:36-50   Simon Stung Today, with readings of psalms of praise on the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, whose prayers have inspired millions, is an opportunity to speak of the power

  • Old Wine Skins

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 137:1-6(7-9), 144 (Morning) Psalm 104 (Evening) Jer. 35:1-19 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3 Matt. 9:35-10:4 Old Wine Skins In the last one hundred and fifty years the face of the world has changed dramatically. Our understanding of science, our ability to identify and cure medical

  • Happy shall they be who… WHAT?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 137:1-6(7-9), 144 (Morning) Psalm 104 (Evening) Jer. 35:1-19 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3 Matt. 9:35-10:4   Happy shall they be who… WHAT? I can’t read Psalm 137 without hearing Don McLean singing, “By… the waters… the waters… of Babylon… we lay down and wept… and

  • Spiritual Gifts and the World’s Deep Needs

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 131, 132, [133] (Morning) Psalm 134, 135 (Evening) 2 Kings 23:4-24 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Matthew 9:18-26   Spiritual Gifts and the World’s Deep Needs Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same

  • De Profundis

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:145-176 (Morning) Psalm 128, 129, 130 (Evening) 2 Kings 22:14-23:3 1 Cor. 11:23-34 Matt. 9:9-17   De Profundis Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! This beautiful Psalm 130 has been set to music by many composers including, especially, Mozart.

  • “Deliver me, O Lord . . .”

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm [120], 121, 122, 123 (Morning) Psalm 124, 125, 126, [127] (Evening) 2 Kings 22:1-13 1 Cor. 11:2,17-22 Matt. 9:1-8   “Deliver me, O Lord . . .” When I feel slandered, defamed, denigrated, smeared, or maligned, I sometimes take a decidedly “Old Testament”

  • Living Under a King

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 106:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 106:19-48 (Evening) 2 Kings 21:1-18 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1 Matt. 8:28-34   Living Under a King More than thirty years ago, an incoming U.S. president removed the solar panels that his predecessor had installed on the White House. This event was

  • L’Chaim!

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 118 (Morning) Psalm 145 (Evening) 2 Kings 20: 1-21 Acts 12:1-17 Luke 7:11-17   L’Chaim! If you’ve ever seen Fiddler on the Roof or heard the soundtrack, you can probably hum along (or maybe dance along!) with the most upbeat number in the

  • What Kind of God is Your God?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) (Morning) Psalm 33 (Evening) 2 Kings 19:21-36 1 Cor. 10:1-13 Matt. 8:18-27   What Kind of God is Your God? In this morning’s Psalm, we are told that God changes rivers into a wilderness, springs of water into a thirsty ground,

  • Seeing is Believing

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 102 (Morning) Psalm 107:1-32 (Evening) 2 Kings 19:1-20 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 Matthew 8:1-17   Seeing is Believing In Matthew, Jesus tells a man who he has just cured, “See that you say nothing to no one.” I have always been intrigued by Jesus

  • Wise Builders

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 105:1-22 (Morning) Psalm 105:23-45 (Evening) 2 Kings 18:28-37 1 Cor. 9:1-15 Matt. 7:22-29   Wise Builders In today’s reading from the Gospel, we read that serving Christ is much like building a house. If we only hear what Jesus says, and do not

  • the small gate

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 101, 109:1-4 (5-19) 20-30 (Morning) Psalm 119:121-144 (Evening) 2 Kings 18:9-25 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Matt. 7:13-21   the small gate The Gospel according to Matthew offers us this teaching from Jesus, “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life,

  • We Are All Bound Up In This Together

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 97, 99, [100] (Morning) Psalm 94, [95] (Evening) 2 Chronicles 29:1-3; 30:1(2-9) 10-27 I Corinthians 7:32-40 Matthew 7:1-12   We Are All Bound Up In This Together The evangelist in this morning’s gospel lesson from Matthew proclaims a word of warning to those

  • Dealing With It

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 89: 1-18 (Morning) Psalm 89: 19-52 (Evening) 2 Kings 17:24-41 1 Cor.7:25-41 Matt. 6:25-34   Dealing With It Today’s scripture provides guidelines for how to cope with the life of faith in a troublesome world. In Corinthians, the apostle Paul, who was never

  • Relationship

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 66, 67 (Morning) Psalm 19, 46 (Evening) 2 Kings 17:1-18 Acts 9:36-43 Luke 5:1-11   Relationship We’ve all heard that we need to develop a relationship with God. The way this relationship is talked about often seems like magic or that one must

  • Who Do We Serve?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 87, 90 (Morning) Psalm 136 (Evening) 2 Kings 11:1-20a 1 Cor. 7:10-24 Matt. 6:19-24   Who Do We Serve? Today’s Old Testament and Epistle require us to step into the mindset of a foreign and ancient world. The passage from Kings speaks of

  • Just because St. Paul had no time for sex back then, it does not mean you shouldn’t make the time right now

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 88 (Morning) Psalm 91, 92 (Evening) 2 Kings 9:17-37 1 Cor. 7: 1-9 Matt. 6: 7-15   Just because St. Paul had no time for sex back then, it does not mean you shouldn’t make the time right now Paul’s first letter to

  • Beware

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm [83] or 34 (Morning) Psalm 85, 86 (Evening) 2 Kings 9:1-16 1 Cor. 6:12-20 Matt. 6:1-6,16-18   Beware “Jesus said, beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them, for then you have no reward from [God] in

  • Mood Swings…and Thank God for Jesus!

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:97-120 (Morning) Psalm 81, 82 (Evening) 2 Kings 6:1-23 1 Cor. 5:9-6:8 Matt. 5:38-48   Mood Swings…and Thank God for Jesus! I was captivated with the ending of the reading from 2 Kings. God, responding to Elisha’s prayer, blinded the Aramean army and

  • End Your Divorce!

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 78:1-39 (Morning) Psalm 78:40-72 (Evening) 2 Kings 5:19-27 1 Cor. 5:1-8 Matt. 5:27-37   End Your Divorce! I have to admit – today’s passages on adultery, immorality, and divorce were not exactly what I had hoped to pull for my inaugural Morning Reflection.

  • Chill Out

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 80 (Morning) Psalm 77, [79] (Evening) 2 Kings 5:1-19 1 Cor. 4:8-21 Matt. 5:21-26   Chill Out Paul wrote a long time ago, but he deals with a couple of situations most of us recognize. He is writing, to use one of my

  • Singing a New Song

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 93, 96 (Morning) Psalm 34 (Evening) 2 Kings 4: 8-37 Acts 9: 10-31 Luke 3: 7-18   Singing a New Song In today’s Gospel reading from Luke, John tells his listeners: “You brood of vipers! You are trying to escape hell without truly

  • 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   Fulfilling the Law In our Old Testament reading today, we find the story of an obstinate prophet, who despite being told to stay behind three times, will

  • 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   Shining Light Where It’s Needed A few years back when the Ozarks went dark from downed electrical lines due to a massive ice storm, my house was without

  • 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   Feast of St. Matthew 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

  • 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   Presidents are People, Too 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

  • 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   God Chose What is Foolish A few years after Paul founded the church in Corinth, he received several reports of friction within the church community. The

  • Power Politics in Ninth Century Israel

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 56, 57, [58] (Morning) Psalm 64, 65 (Evening) I Kings 21:1-16 I Cor. 1: 1-19 Matt. 4:1-11   Power Politics in Ninth Century Israel Today’s passage from I Kings 21:1-16 presents a story of a king of Israel, Ahab, and his wife, Jezebel,

  • Natural Disasters and the Still Small Voice

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 24, 29 (Morning) Psalm 8, 84 (Evening) 1 Kings 19:8-21 Acts 5:34-42 John 11:45-57   Natural Disasters and the Still Small Voice In three of the Psalm readings today, David praises God for His work of creation calling him the King of Glory,

  • 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   Cooperation with and in God 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

  • 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   Hiding Righteousness in Our Hearts? Our commemoration today in the Great Cloud of Witness is Cyprian of Carthage, a bishop and martyr from the 3rd Century. We know that

  • 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   Holy Innocents A voice was heard in Rama, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no

  • Loss

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 119:49-72 (Morning) Psalm 49, [53] (Evening) 1 Kings 17:1-24 Phil. 2:1-11 Matt. 2:1-12   Loss How strange that this passage from Kings should come to me because I have lost a child. In this book Elijah makes affirmations about who God is. For

  • What’s in a Name?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 45 (Morning) Psalm 47, 48 (Evening) 1 Kings 16:23-34 Phil. 1:12-30 Mark 16:1-8 (9-20)   What’s in a Name? All four Gospels tell slightly different versions of the women disciples coming to Jesus’ tomb, finding the stone already rolled away, and encountering an

  • Forgotten By God?

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 41, 52 (Morning) Psalm 44 (Evening) 1 Kings 13:1-10 Phil. 1:1-11 Mark 15:40-47   Forgotten By God? Trials and tribulations surround us, everywhere we look. There have been hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico with devastating loss of life and property. There are

  • God’s Presence

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 63:1-8 (9-11), 98 (Morning) Psalm 103 (Evening) 1 Kings 12:21-33 Acts 4:18-31 John 10:31-42   God’s Presence My sister was visiting Arkansas not long ago. When we turned into the driveway, we saw a red tailed hawk sitting on the fence post. Quiet,

  • Rejoicing Comes in the Morning

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 30, 32 (Morning) Psalm 42, 43 (Evening) 1 Kings 12:1-20 James 5:7-12,19-20 Mark 15:33-39   Rejoicing Comes in the Morning Our morning Psalm reading includes one of my favorite pieces of Scripture: “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the

  • Another Broken Pot

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalms 31 (Morning) Psalm 35 (Evening) 1 Kings 11:26-43 James 4:13-5:6 Mark 15:22-32   Another Broken Pot In Psalm 31:12, our guy today says, “I am ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.” Boy do I know the

  • A Taste for the Kingdom of God

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 37:1-18 (Morning) Psalm 37:19-42 (Evening) I Kings 11:1-13 James 3:13-4:12 Mark 15:12-21   A Taste for the Kingdom of God In reading over the lectionary passages for this morning, I noticed a theme running through some of the texts – that our appetites

  • Christian Speaking

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 38 (Morning) Psalm 119:25-48 (Evening) 1 Kings 9:24-10:13 James 3:1-12 Mark 15:1-11   Christian Speaking In the epistle appointed for today from A Letter of James, the author admonishes us about how damaging our speaking can be. He asserts that, “Out of the

  • As the Rooster Crows

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 26, 28 (Morning) Psalm 36, 39 (Evening) 1 Kings 8:65-9:9 James 2:14-26 Mark 14:66-72   As the Rooster Crows Everyone is familiar with the story of Peter denying Jesus described in Mark this week. It is a story that is drilled into us

  • Showing Partiality

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 25 (Morning) Psalm 9, 15 (Evening) 2 Chron. 6:32-7:7 James 2:1-13 Mark 14:53-65   Showing Partiality A 2016 Pew Research Center poll found that 80% of Episcopalians have a total family income of $50,000 or more a year. By this measure, the Episcopal

  • I AM, Too!

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 148, 149, 150 (Morning) Psalm 114, 115 (Evening) 1 Kings 8:22-30 (31-40) 1 Tim. 4:7b-16 John 8:47-59   I AM, Too! As a first century Jew, for Jesus to say, “Before Abraham was, I am,” was simple blasphemy. He was to be punished

  • Remember The Poles

    Today’s Readings for the Daily Office Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14) (Morning) Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 (Evening) 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 Acts 21:37-22:16 Luke 6:12-26   Remember The Poles In today’s reading, we hear how Solomon and the Israelites dedicated the great new Temple in Jerusalem, on the day of Ethanim, a holiday

  • Joining the Great Cloud

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