Scripture Reading: Luke 2:22-40
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’ –Luke 2:22-24
After an extraordinary trip and birth experience, Joseph and Mary went about the business of adapting to a new normal, parents with a child. What better way to begin that journey than to return to the ancient familiar, the practices of their faith. I find that true in my life. Writing these daily devotions is a test of my ability to mine the lectionary’s daily challenges requiring me to reach beyond my comfort zone of favorite scriptures. The lectionary makes me deal with uncomfortable truths at times. At other times I find a scripture I have read many times brings new insight, understandings. The beauty of the scriptures is how it molds to its reader’s needs as we move through the various stages of life. The same scripture so meaningful to me at the age of ten provides different truths that are just as vital to me now.
A new year brings new opportunities for growth and development. Funny, I seem to set similar goals each year, ones I did not attain the previous year. My stated priorities include decluttering my home and getting bids to get the house painted. The decluttering goal is years old. The painting goal started last year. My unspoken but controlling priorities win out.
I also think I have a strong priority of doing my part in creating a world ruled by love. I certainly give lip service to that goal but do my actions support my stated mission? Is my mission only a lofty goal I state each year but relegate it to the same level as my decluttering goal?
If ever we needed a world ruled by love we need it now. Only God can make that happen and we who call ourselves disciples signed on to be a part of the Body of Christ to make the rule of love a reality. More than ever we first need to work to be in synch with God and then work with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength with God’s help to create a just world.
Prayer: Prod me forward, O Lord, to work for the rule of love this year as I attempt to do justice. Amen.