Every year I find myself experiencing moments of passing: seasons, loved ones, celestial bodies, relationships. Marking these moments has manifested in the literal marking of my own body. Tattoos are sprinkled over my arms reminding me of my beloved dog, my dad’s time of cancer, my ordination, and my friendships....
Holy Creator, remind us of your love manifest in the embodiment of Christ. Open our hearts to see ourselves as your good creation. Guide us in the path of justice and peace, so that all may live into their true abundance. Amen.
We move forward in the story of Moses to the climax in Egypt, the tenth plague. God tells the Israelites to prepare for the terrible night to come and establishes the feast of Passover. It is to be an eternal reminder of what God has done for the people. The psalmist praises God for faithfulness and victory, including overthrowing those who would oppress them. Egypt is not mentioned specifically, yet the Passover represents just such a situation. Paul echoes Jesus in summarizing much of the Law in one simple commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus provides practical teaching on handling disagreements. Our first responsibility is to go to the other party privately and then include others only as necessary. Gossip and social media are not the ways to handle our disputes.
Read Exodus 12:1-14. How has the story of Passover shaped your faith?Read Psalm 149. How has God called you to seek freedom from oppression for yourself or others through praise and through action?Read Romans 13:8-14. What does it mean to consider love a driving force rather than a warm feeling? How does this understanding change the way you act toward yourself and your neighbors?Read Matthew 18:15-20. When have you participated in or witnessed true reconciliation? How did you see compassion at work?
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