10 August 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 10 August 2014
Psalm 78: 51 – 70
The psalmist shows how short the memories of humans are and how fickle. The Hebrews in the desert did not remember or take into account the miracles of God that enabled their freedom. They had little faith. God held on and made decisions about the future of the people and who would lead them, for example choosing the line of Judah rather than the line of Joseph: choosing David and Mt Zion. Whether humans were faithful or not, God still guided them.
Matthew 15: 10 – 20
Jesus explains that physical dirt on the outside of the body does not defile some one and prohibit them from worship. What defiles is what comes from their heart and out of their mouths when it is evil intentions, slander, false witness, theft and relationship breaking.
Of the Pharisees, Jesus says if God has not planted them they will be uprooted. They are the blind guiding the blind. They cannot but stumble and end up in a pit.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Jamberoo Benedictine Abbey NSW
2012 L Osburn
Unshakable God, whether we believe in you or not still you guide and shape the world. When challenges come from others they are either from you and so we should take notice of your purpose or, they are blind and their aims will fail. Keep our hearts and minds in your knowledge and love. Guide us and give us the sense to discern what is from you and what is a passing fad so that our lives progress your kingdom, bring you glory and assist others to also hear your voice and find your peace through Jesus Christ or Lord. Amen.
Sunday 10 August 2014
God instructs Jacob to go to Bethel, build an altar and settle there. Jacob confiscates all artefacts of other gods and idols from his people and buries them near Shechem.
God comes again to Jacob and reinforces that his name will be Israel. As they travel Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin. The text lists all Jacob’s sons.
Jacob returns to his father Isaac’s home and at when Isaac dies, buries him.
Psalm 85: 1 – 7
The first psalm reminds us all of God’s forgiveness and historical evidence of restoring people of faith. The psalmist asks for God to revive us in our faith, show us God’s steadfast love and grant us salvation.
Romans 11: 7 – 16
Paul says that the Jew’s blindness to Jesus and his message has the purpose of enabling people of all nations to be saved. It serves too, to make the Jews review their beliefs. If through their absence in the community the people of other nations find the richness of God, how much greater will the Kingdom be with every Jew included? The Jews were the first fruits and are holy. The Jews are included and welcome since they are already part of God’s kingdom.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|The Two Crabs. |
I watched one crab greet another and invite
the second crab in to the cleft in the rock.
Cape Leuuwin WA 2014 L Osburn