This week we get to celebrate another special Sunday in the church year -- Transfiguration Sunday. We hear about Moses and the Elders sharing a special meal with God on Mt. Sinai, Peter, James and John see Jesus changed before their eyes, and Peter recounts this experience later as the foundation for what he preaches and teaches!
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 24:8–18
Epistle Reading: 2 Peter 1:16–21
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:1–9
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This week we hear more about how God's people live in light of being chosen as God's people. The Old Testament reading describes a life for the children of Israel that is different than Egypt, where they came from and Canaan, where they are going. Paul continues his letter to the Corinthians talking about building carefully on the foundation that is Christ and instructing them not to put their hope and trust in people and things that are temporary but rather in the one that continues forever. Finally, in our gospel reading Jesus shows us how to live our lives as the salt and light of the world.
Old Testament: Leviticus 19:1--2, 9--18
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:10--23
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:38--48
This week we're hit with some difficult readings assigned to us through the lectionary. In Deuteronomy Moses is giving the Israelites the choice between walking in God's ways and receiving life, or turning toward other gods and facing death. Paul continues to sort out the conflict in the Corinthian church and Jesus takes the commandments and shares their true meaning. When he's done there is no one left who is guiltless. Check it out!
This week's video is coming out a little late because I was stuck at home for part of the day due to snow. I'm thankful for nice neighbors with tractors who were able to come and plow my drive. I was able to do all the filming and editing here at home, but my internet isn't fast enough to get it uploaded very quickly, hence the delayed release.
Last week we took a little side trip back in time to see another example of Jesus fulfilling all parts of the law. We're back on track with our normally scheduled readings this week. We'll hear God speaking in Isaiah about how his people are to live because they are his people. Paul addresses the wise debaters of his time and reminds us where true wisdom comes from. And Jesus calls his disciples salty lights. Ok, maybe not quite like that, but he gives them their new identity which is meant to draw all people to him.
Some of you have been following along over the past month as I've written the daily "Dial-a-Devotions". I appreciate the kind words that you've shared with me during this time. I've really enjoyed writing these brief devotions. Here at St. Paul's we rotate responsibility for the devotions each month. This means that with the start of a new month, my devotion writing responsibilities come to an end. However, since I've enjoyed doing it, I may continue writing them just for this site. Check back for more updates!
My name is Tom. I'm fascinated by the ways that people, ideas, current events and theology interact with each other.