The Wedding Industrial Complex is a multi-billion-dollar worldwide industry. It’s not uncommon for couples to go deep into debt paying for all the trappings of a wedding. The clamor is cultural, but the root of it is not; as humans, we have an innate desire for perfection. The debt, the...
O God, help me see myself as you see me. Release me from shame, and help me receive the joy that comes from the way you love me. Amen.
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.
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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