Lectionary Reflections #1

Selections from the season of Epiphany (so a while ago)

Psalm 83 - Take those who would take life, may they see your face and know truth.

Isaiah 60:1-8 - Though God's people are low; humbled and dispersed - one look at them reveals the light. The glory of God is upon them, the clothing of the oppressed. "I will make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age."

2 Timothy 2:14-26 - Mind your words, steer clear from senseless controversies, correct with gentleness. And ever pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. 

Mark 10:17-31 - "Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said 'you lack one thing...'" Not a rebuke, but a loving call to look through possessions to the giver. Also, Tillich (The Paradox of the Beatitudes) "The problem for the rich young man is not his wealth - but his attachment to this eon, made all the more alluring by his wealth."

Psalm 85 - When the times aren't so great, sing of when they were. And then when they are, sing again.  ...  That, or they're just tickling God's ear.

1 John 2:3-11 - So if God is to be seen in Her people, then we must be people of light. Because how can She be seen in the darkness? How will Her glory be seen in the pitch? Thus be people of love (which is light) and let go of hate (which is darkness). That is the old and the new.