Weekly Lectionary Readings

Proper 25

October 28, 2007

Like I blogged earlier today, Joel reminds us that the rain is God’s way of showing his faithfulness to His people. God wanted to remind His children that He hadn’t forgotten them. Yes, God was upset with how His children disobeyed Him and followed after idols. That’s how they ended up in captivity. However, God was making a way…a new way.
The psalmist reminds us of God’s forgiveness…It foreshadows the coming Christ, who will give hope…Again we are reminded that God has everything in His hands.
Paul’s words to Timothy are a great reminder that we all need to pursue God…Pursue him to the end of our life…How good it will be to get to our reward and hear Christ say, “Well done. You are a faithful servant.” It reminds us that this world is not all there is, there is more to come.
The gospel writer Luke reminds us with Jesus’ words how important it is to have a humble heart. It is so easy to act pompous like the Pharisee did…I know, I’ve done it…We need to remember like the tax-collector said, “Be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.” That is a great posture to have in front of God. Jesus modeled that for us in humbling Himself on the cross…and just as it says in Luke, those who will humble themselves will be exalted. My prayer as I wrote earlier this week is to be that humble servant.

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