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Archive for June 19th, 2012

Lessons for this Day:

Psalmody:  Psalm 31:9-10, 14-19

Additional Psalm: Psalm 102

Old TestamentReading: Proverbs 22:1-21

New Testament Reading: John 18 

Reflection:  Note above that in the Daily Lectionary at this time, the Gospel readings are from our Lord’s Passion.  It is quite jarring to read about His arrest, suffering, crucifixion, and death, when the hour of darkness overcame Him, in the midst of summer, vacations, lush and verdant fields.  Maybe this contrast is necessary to remind us the power of transgression in our lives and then His so great a salvation.  This reminds of the world God has given us which is good, and of the world, the cosmos which we create which is darkness. Not meant to be jarring, it is such.

 “…but we preach Christ crucified…” (1 Corinthians 1: 23)  Note:  it is “preach”, present tense, not “preached”.  We need to hear of His forgiveness, the growing life of the Holy Spirit in the preaching and teaching of Jesus Christ, in the midst of summer. As you go on vacation, attend the preaching and the Sacrament where you are!  Pray every day.

Here is another great reflection by Pr. Scott Murray, A Year with the Church Fathers:  Meditations for Each Day of the Church Year, on Today’s Gospel:

“Who was the one able to be manhandled by those who arrested Him? No less than the God-man, who God-handled those who came to arrest Him. The mob meant what they did for evil, but He meant it for their good. Those who did not understand what they were doing to God were nevertheless fully understood by Him (Isaiah 53:11). They did not know the plan, yet in them the divine plan was fully implemented. Even for their own sakes it was necessary that He should be arrested and taken to die.

While the powers of evil sought Him, He sought the powers of evil. When the wicked came to apprehend Him with bonds, He came that He might be apprehended by the wicked in order to free them. He offered Himself into their power so that they might have the power “to become children of God” (John1:12). When Judas identified Him as the victim to be taken, He was taken that He might keep them from being victims of a common enemy. The kiss of peace that brought Him chastisement brought us peace (Isaiah 53:5).”

Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and delivered into the hands of sinful men to suffer death upon the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

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