A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Scriptures and Prayer for Monday in the First Week of Lent

Old Testament: Leviticus 19:1–2,11–18

Psalter: Psalm 19:7–14

Gospel: Matthew 25:31–46
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Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully increase in us your gifts of holy discipline, in almsgiving, prayer, and fasting; that our lives may be directed to the fulfilling of your most gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Scriptures and Prayer for the First Sunday in Lent

Old Testament: Genesis 9:8-17

Psalter: Psalm 25:1-10

Epistle: 1 Peter 3:18-22

Gospel: Mark 1:9-15
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God of our salvation, your bow in the clouds proclaims your covenant with every living creature. Teach us your paths and lead us in your truth, that by your Holy Spirit, we may remember our baptismal vows and be keepers of your trust with earth and its inhabitants. Amen.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday at the Cinema: Why Christians Should Read the Apocrypha

Scriptures and Prayer for Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Old Testament: Isaiah 58:9b–14

Psalter: Psalm 86:1–11

Gospel: Luke 5:27–32
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Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth your right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Jesus' Vindication and the Spirits in Prison: A Lectionary Reflection on 1 Peter 3:18-22

1 Peter 3:18-22

The identity of the "spirits in prison" Peter refers to in this passage is one of the most disputed subjects in New Testament interpretation, which usually (though not exclusively) divides along Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox lines. The New Testament is clear that between his death and resurrection (and Ascension) Jesus did something, but what precisely was it? The passage from 1 Peter gives us an indication, but what exactly is Peter affirming?

Scriptures and Prayer for Friday after Ash Wednesday

Old Testament: Isaiah 58:1–9a

Psalter: Psalm 51:1–10

Gospel: Matthew 9:10–17
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Support us, O Lord, with your gracious favor through the fast we have begun; that as we observe it by bodily self-denial, so we may fulfill it with inner sincerity of heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jesus' Temptations and Ours: A Lectionary Reflection on Mark1:9-15

Mark 1:9-15

The idea that Jesus was tempted trips up many Christians. It is difficult for us to imagine that Jesus was even tempted to do wrong; after all we say, he was God on earth. How can God be tempted? But the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness had to be real temptations. Jesus truly had to have the option of giving in to Satan’s offerings. Otherwise, this story is of no use to us; for it offers no hope that we, like our Lord, can resist the temptations that come our way.

Scriptures and Prayer for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 30:15–20

Psalter: Psalm 1

Gospel: Luke 9:18–25
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Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Scriptures and Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Old Testament: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12

Psalter: Psalm 51:1-17

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
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O God, you delight not in pomp and show, but in a humble and contrite heart. Overturn our love of worldly possessions and fix our hearts more firmly on you, that, having nothing, we may yet possess everything, a treasure stored up for us in heaven. Amen.