Election

Proper 12

July 27, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 29:15-28
Reading 2: 
Psalm 105:1-11,45b
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:26-39
Reading 4: 
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
By Marti J. Steussy

Today’s Genesis reading continues a focus on Israel’s ancestors. This story, written before the idea of “Bible” was invented, probably wasn’t intended as religious instruction. It doesn’t mention God, doesn’t present us with good role models, and doesn’t have a lesson beyond “what goes around, comes around.” It’s a family story: “Remember old Jake? He was a real scrapper! Why, he’d even wrassle with God if he had the chance! But Uncle Laban took him down a notch…”

1st Sunday after Epiphany

January 13, 2002
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 42:1-9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 29
Reading 3: 
Acts 10:34-43
Reading 4: 
Matthew 3:13-17
By Bruce G. Epperly

What does it mean to be "chosen?" This is the theme of the First Sunday after Epiphany.

Isaiah speaks of one being chosen to be a "light to the nations," Psalm 29 describes all creation as a chosen vehicle for the revelation of divine power and wisdom, and the historical reading from Acts affirms that all persons, Jews and foreigners, are chosen for God’s salvation. In that same spirit, the Gospel affirms the choice of Jesus as God’s vehicle of salvation and invites each one of us to claim the Christ spirit in our own lives.

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