Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 88 (Morning)
Psalm 91, 92 (Evening)
Gen. 27:46-28:4, 10-22
Puttin’ on the JC
If you are like me, every morning, you have to decide what to wear. Perhaps you listen to KUAF, hear the high for the day, and decide to wear that favorite sweater. Or, you hear the forecast and decide not to wear those new leather boots! Our clothing choices can and do say something about us – what university we support; our preferences of comfort over fashion; whether or not we have a professional statement to make, or simply need a warm, loving hug. No matter, each morning, we make decisions as to how to dress ourselves for the day.
In today’s reading from Romans, Paul talks of clothing as well – no, not the latest haute couture of his time, but instead, the Lord Jesus Christ. He asks us to “put Christ on,” not as if putting on a coat or a hat, but as a source of identity– who we are, to whom we are faithful, whom we serve. Paul’s fashion statements advise us to “strip off the old self and clothe ourselves anew” (Colossians 3: 9 – 10); or “to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, patience” (Colossians 3: 12); even, to put on the “armor of light” (Romans 13: 12). Paul’s concerns are right for us. To put on Christ is to show others who we are, whose we are, to project attitudes of integrity, service, faithfulness, justice, love and care.
I rarely care about what I might physically wear on a given day. But we all should care about what we wear on our hearts as we go out into the world. My shirt may say “Woo Pig Sooie,” but my heart, soul, and mind should say Jesus Christ.
Written by Linda C. Jones
Linda has been an active member of St. Paul’s since 2000. While she prefers boots & jeans, she loves vesting in the ministries of our church, and is grateful for the many others who serve as ministerial clothes horses as well throughout our beautiful parish community!