Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

 

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Marti...

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Today is the death date of Reverend Martin Luther King. It concerns me, as I think about his assassination in 1968 as the reflection of an underlying racism in America, and perhaps around the world. Even though America now has a black president, and many black notables—each an accomplished person in their field,  far too many of our poor, disadvantaged and discarded people are black. I also wonder if political opposition to Barack Obama is partly the result of racism.

Yet, when people talk of Martin Luther King, they speak with love or hate about him. People speak of leadership of a race, for good or evil, but not of his role as a minister. Seldom do we hear about the substance of the man’s soul. In a sermon he reflected: “Every now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral. Every now and then I ask myself, ‘What is it that I want said?’ I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try, in my life, to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say, on that day, that I did try, in my life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.” (as quoted by www.commonprayer.net for April 4, 2012)

This worries me, because in the same way we all often hear from people who don’t seem to be ‘getting it’ when they speak of Jesus. It seems there is a media image that has been created for Jesus, and he is spokeperson for this or that church, or government, or economic system or culture, while forgetting that he spoke to us for God alone.

So, I have to question my motives and understanding and your motives and understanding. Do we really get it? Do we really listen to Jesus telling us who he is?

Pray for peace,

Bill

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Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 70

Hebrews 12:1-3

John 13:21-32

Isaiah 50:4-9a

4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.

Psalm 70

1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me!

2Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.

3Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.

4Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

5But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!

Hebrews 12:1-3

12Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.

John 13:21-32

21After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; 24Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” 28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.

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.

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