In our humanity, we doubt. We wonder and wrestle. We try to reason our way into the mystery of God’s story within us and around us. Try as we might, it’s difficult to fathom the divine miracle of the God of all things choosing to co-create with us. How could...

O Creator God, maker of heaven and earth, thank you for your covenantal love. Help me see the ways you are co-creating with me so that I may cultivate a life rooted in your love. Help me remember that you keep every promise. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
July 3–9, 2023
Scripture Overview

The reading in Genesis shifts our attention from Abraham to his son Isaac. When Isaac comes of age, Abraham sends a servant to find a wife for him. When the servant meets Rebekah, her kind hospitality convinces him that she is the one. Isaac marries her, and the reading in the psalm celebrates nuptial love as a symbol of God’s love. Paul in Romans reflects on the human condition. We desire to do what is right, but we fall short over and over again. What is the solution? God delivers us through Jesus Christ. In Matthew, Jesus emphasizes his intimate relationship with God and invites all who are weary to enter into Christ’s rest.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67. Which of these or other biblical stories model for you the relationship between God and humanity?
Read Psalm 45:10-17. How have you seen God at work in the way loving relationships have transformed you?
Read Romans 7:15-25a. How might participating in Com- munion in times of strife or sin help you be reconciled to God and others?
Read Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. The life of faith holds many ironies. How do you hold together the seeming opposites of Jesus’ and John’s focus in their ministries? of seeking to be yoked to God when your burden is too heavy?

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