Inspirational Thought: In Matthew 6, we are told what we ought to strive for in order to live a fulfilled life. Here are some bullet points to help us see this passage more clearly.
- Jesus begins with giving to the needy, not so we can be seen by others, but simply to meet a need. I like to think of this as lifting someone up instead of giving them a handout.
- Jesus also talks about the right way to pray. Prayer is talking with God about our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and to listen to his voice deep within. The act of prayer ought to be genuine and not some incantation where we, through our own endeavors, apprise God; thus, the teaching of the Lord’s Prayer makes sense in light of pagan charm prayers.
- In this passage, we read words of wisdom for fasting and ways that it shouldn’t affect our appearance. We ought not to go around town looking dismal and suffering because of the lack of food. In a sense, this gives us new meaning to be a disciplined disciple. We might think about fasting from texting, using cell phones to gather information or video games.
- Storing treasures in heaven and not on earth. Treasures can be a wonderful thing to gather. I treasure my grandfather’s clock, a pocket watch that was given to me or my many different color stoles. However, I am not obsessed. I think Jesus is saying that when treasures get in the way of living, then we need to ask ourselves why they are so important. Are they a distraction to loving God and loving others?
- Worry, me worry? Our human tendency is to worry about things that we can’t control. We stew over issues, an outcome of a work-related transitions, or the direction that our world is taking. When I was growing up I was always told that I was a “worry wart.” It would have been better to be reminded that God will take care of the situation. As the hymn says, “God will take care of you.” Possibly, this would have been a reminder to live in the moment, let tomorrow take care of itself. We only have now.
If we put this musing into practice, maybe, just maybe, a new way of living will come knocking at our door in short order.
May you have a tremendous and spirit-filled week,
Prayer of the Week: Lord God, may I live a fulfilled life by seeking to do justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with you. Help me to live in the now where I will see your amazing possibilities for a renewed life; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thought of the Week: What do I need to unload in my life that takes away the joy of living? Could it be obsessions, worry, unanswered prayers, or becoming too caught up in the drama of life?
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Reading the Bible with the Lectionary
June 6-12, 2021
Sat: Psalms 63; 149; Song of Solomon 5:10-16; 7:1-2 (3-5) 6-7a (9); 8:6-7; 2 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 20:1-8