13 November 2014
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Thursday 13 November 2014
Psalm 35: 1 – 17
This section of the psalm asks for God to contend with personal enemies: those who fight, who devise evil, who ensnare, who are malicious witnesses, who repay good for evil and, who mock. The psalmist asks, “say to my soul ‘I am your salvation’ ” (v.3).
Jonah, angry with God says basically, “I knew it! I knew in your mercy you would not harm them.” This enables him to excuse his disobedient act of going to Tarshish. He goes out of the city and builds himself a booth to see what happens. God makes a vine grow overnight which gives Jonah extra shade and for which Jonah is grateful. The next day a worm eats and kills the vine. Jonah is so hot he begs to die. God asks him whether he is justified in being angry about a vine (one he didn’t even grow himself) and Jonah says, “Yes, angry enough to die” (v.9). So God compares the number of people in Nineveh, who are saved to the vine and asks, “And should I not be concerned about Nineveh?” (v.11).
Matthew 23: 29 – 39
Jesus indicts those Pharisees who venerate the prophets and claim that if they had been alive they would not have killed or harmed those prophets. Jesus says that he will send more prophets, sages and scribes, who they will kill, crucify, flog in their synagogues and harry from town to town. More guilt will come on them as a result. Jesus laments over Jerusalem and says how often he wanted to gather up the people like a chicken gathers her brood under her wings for protection. But they are not willing. They will not see Jesus again until they can say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” (v. 39).
Collect for Morning Prayer
The Abbey Jamberoo NSW 2012
Thursday 13 November 2014
Psalms 35: 18 – 29 and 36
The end of the first psalm continues the plea for God to contend with personal enemies and vows to praise God when the psalmist is vindicated.
The second psalm describes the character of those who are wicked. It then describes the character of God “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light”(v.9). The psalm ends in a plea for steadfast love and salvation.
Wisdom 1: 16 – 2: 11
Here the ungodly and their reasoning are explored. Life to them is short and sorrowful. When it is over it is over. For them, being born is a chance and once people are dead we are gone and forgotten. A life of happiness is pursued – enjoying the world like children, filling up with costly wine, using costly perfumes, not missing a spring flower, rosebuds, parties and thinking this is their due. As a result the righteous poor, the widowed and aged are oppressed. The law of might is the law of right and the weak are counted as useless.
John has a vision where he his taken up in the spirit to a throne with one seated on it and he describes the details around. 24 elders worshipping, 4 creatures with eyes seeing all, lamp stands and a crystal sea. Without ceasing the creatures sing “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come” (v.8). All around sing a response.
Collect for Evening Prayer
The Abbey Jamberoo NSW 2012 L Osburn
Holy and magnificent God, your love for us and promise for us is eternal. You give us the world to delight in and more, you give us light and insight to care for others, for in those moments of loving you and loving them are the riches better than fine, fine gold. Make our lives over in your service and the service of others so that our short lives are packed with joy and love and worship for you holy Lord, holy and mighty, holy and eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.