Saturday, September 17, 2011

Introduction - Proper 25 - 2011 September 18

Ex 16:2-15PS 105:1-6, 37-45Phil 1:21-30Matt 20:1-16
Intro to the Readings

We will listen to children of Abraham complain from the Book of Exodus. Listen as they complain and the Lord replies.
Psalm 105 recalls the Exodus of the Israelites and the wonders God performed.
From Philippians, we are encouraged to live a life “in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”
The Gospel of Christ we hear today is a parable about a landowner, those he hires for a day – those who are envious of the landowners generosity.

Let us listen and be grateful for the mercy of the Lord God.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Introduction - Proper 24 - 2011 September 11

Ex 14:19-31 Ex 15:1b-11, 20-21 Rom 14:1-12Matt 18:21-35
Intro to the Readings
Today we listen as Israelites cross the sea as they are pursued by Pharaoh’s chariots.
Our second reading today is the triumphant Song of Moses, from Exodus chapter fifteen. Moses acknowledges that the Lord has “triumphed gloriously.”
To the Romans, the Apostle Paul writes to the Church encouraging us to be mindful of our differences, and to respect one another. And not to pass judgement on your brother or sister.
In the Gospel Saint Peter asks a question about forgiveness. How many times should we forgive. The Lord replies seventy times seven, and tells a story about a debtor.
Let us rejoice that Lord has “triumphed gloriously.”
Let us receive forgiveness and forgive as God forgives our debts.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Introduction to the Readings - Pentecost 12 - 2011 September 4 - Justice and Mercy

Some may like to listen to these words when consider Justice and Mercy.
And this from a romantic comedy.

The scene is thus:

Shylock is seeking vengeance/justice at all cost. Portia argues before the court of Venice seeking mercy, but Shylock will not have it. He demands justice by the letter of the law. Portia turns the letter of the law against Shylock so that he seeks mercy.

PORTIA (Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare)

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
’Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
Must needs give sentence ’gainst the merchant there.

Introduction to the Readings - Pentecost 12 - 2011 September 4

Ex 12:1-14 – PS 149Rom 13:8-14Matt 18:15-20
Intro to the Readings

From Exodus today we listen as God’s people receive directions for the First Passover.
Psalm 149 is triumphant hymn of praise.
The Apostle reminds of the the Law to love one another - “Love your neighbour as yourself.” And that, loving our brother and sister is the fulfilling of the Law.
In the Gospel from Saint Matthew, the Lord Jesus gives us directions for those times when one, a brother or sister, sins against another. Also the Lord affirms the power of two or three agreeing together in His name.

Let us live in love with our brother and sister affirming the power of the Name of the Lord.