Readings for Sunday:
Isaiah 49: 8-16a
Matthew 6: 24-34
Over at 'Revgalblogpals', there's a discussion of 'lectionary leanings' every Tuesday. This week the thoughts are about the Matthew reading.
'Parodie' has written:
I'm thinking about how important it is to read this passage in the context of the whole Sermon on the Mount. Do not worry about what you will eat or wear - if someone asks you for your cloak, given them that and more - blessed are the meek/poor in spirit/etc. The encouragement to not worry does not come with the promise that all will be well in the moment, but that God is present with us even when things seem hard.
Hopefully this will expand by the end of the week!
I've got as far in my thinking as Jesus seems to be all over the place in this sermon - murder, adultery, retaliation.. where will the finger point next?? Jesus finishes with Do NOT be anxious. Believe in the grace of God.
I think maybe these ideas belong together...
and also link to the Isaiah reading about God's infinite care of us - I love the idea of being inscribed on the palm of God's hands and I think this is a wonderful reading for the adult baptism tat we have this week.