August 7, 2022
I get the Morning Prayer New Testament reading from the front of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. The Lectionary (where the readings are listed), on the Sundays after Trinity (Sunday), always shows three readings. I’m going to have to ask my priest why that is but in the meantime … I decided this morning to show the readings side by side (using separate windows or tabs for each listing using the King James Bible Online) to see if I could figure out a common thread.
You can try this at home. The readings are: John 7:14-24; Galatians 3:24-4:7; Ephesians 5:22-33. I’ll talk about what I think the common thread is and you let me know what you come up with, ok?
To me, the St. John reading is about righteousness and an explanation that Jesus doesn’t speak for Himself, nor does He heal or do anything else of Himself but because it is the will of His Father that He should do and say such things.
The Galatians reading is about having been under the law (of Moses) but that, through Jesus, we are children of God and heirs of hope.
Ephesians explains how we are the Church and Jesus, Who is the fulfillment of the Mosaic laws, is the head of the Church and that husbands and wives love each other as Jesus loves us and we are to work to keep ourselves unblemished for the Wedding Feast to come.
I think – and please let me know what YOU think – that these three citations tell us of the will of God and that, through Jesus, we are not just partakers but the family of God; we are the brothers and sisters of each of us and God is our true Father and through Jesus we are heirs to the promises of God.
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Your summation is completely accurate.
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(blushing!) Thank you, Betty.