Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Monday, January 17, 2005

Sunday, 23 Jan., 2005, 3 Epiphany

The lectionary readings for Sunday, January 23, 2005 are:
The Collect:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The scripture readings are from
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


At 7:46 AM, Blogger Deacon Bobbie said...

2 thoughts occur to me as I read the gospel from Matthew:
the first thought is the continuation of the thread of light coming to the people. The people have seen a great light. This theme of light is present in all of the readings for Epiphany. It must have been an incredible light - this light of God. Can we live in that light today? Or would we prefer to have a less intense light - say a 15 watt bulb - like a night light? Living in the light of God ourselves requires that we see each other in this light - all of our imperfections become apparent, no where to hide. And can we then love each other unconditionally, seeing these imperfections and accepting them? Hmmmm....

the second thought is how those Zebedee boys just walk away and leave their father in the boat - to carry on the family business alone. No explanations or excuses - they just walk away. What's up with that? How did Zebedee feel about that? Did Zebedee join them later? We don't have a clue. What about the commandment to honor your father and mother? This is a real puzzler - could use some research. Maybe they had other brothers to help out Dad?

At 9:04 AM, Blogger David Baird said...

If we try to harmonize John with the synoptics there may have been some prior contact and interaction between Jesus and these four fisherman. The gospel from last week (John 1:29ff) told how Andrew, who was a disciple of John the Baptist, told his brother Simon Peter that he thought Jesus was the messiah. John also relates how there were two of John's disciples who inquired privately of Jesus, one was Andrew, but the Evangelist doesn't identify the second disciple. Was he one of the Zebedee brothers? Two older commentators (Robertson [Word Pictures] and Vine [Word Studies]) indicate that the unnamed person is John the Evangelist (who does not identify himself in any fashion in his gospel). If this is so, there had been some contact between Jesus and these fishermen before the day Jesus actually called them.

However, Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not include John's background material because they are emphasizing Jesus' radical call and message, and highlighting the response to that call and message. This is getting slightly ahead of ourselves here, but Mark (chapter 3) emphasizes the new family relationship between Jesus and his followers/disciples. This is their first example of this new relationship: leaving their family and livelihood to follow Jesus as disciples. These four men's actions are very shocking, even scandalous, in view of that society's expectations.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Deacon Bobbie said...

Now for the Psalm - Psalm 139 is my absolute favorite. No big theological discourse, it's just my favorite. Perhaps this comes from many years of my own wilderness wanderings without God, then to find that God knew what I was up to all the time, was merely biding God's time until I was willing and ready to listen. I find the idea that God knows me/knew me forever to be a comforting one. This has more to do with a parental waiting than the waiting of predestination or fate. We, as parents, listen to our children's rantings and ravings and fads, and we wait for them to pass, and we are ever ready to embrace them when they need comforting. We, as children always have the option of choosing something other than what "the parent" would want us to choose. But, as the psalmist says so well, God is always with us. We are never as alone as we think we are.


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